Campaigning to protect Rosehill Park
Campaigning to protect Rosehill Park
Sutton North Labour: Vicky, Emily & Teresa fighting for our local park
Sutton North Labour: Vicky, Emily & Teresa fighting for our local park

Rosehill Park School Development

Current Situation: The planning application was rejected by Councillors on the Planning Committee on Tuesday 10th September after a 4 hour meeting. 6 Labour Party members attended along with local residents and 3 of our members spoke. The Greenshaw Trust appealed and there was going to be a public inquiry in March, but that has now been delayed until later in the year due to the current Coronavirus crisis.

A Briefing note from Sutton Labour

Sutton Labour is fighting to oppose the school proposed to be built in Rosehill Park. We have been consistent over many years on this issue. In 2015 Labour Parliamentary candidate Emily Brothers put it in her election address that she opposed the development. In 2016 Sutton and Cheam Labour Party were the only Party to put an objection in to the Local Plan on this issue.

This is in contrast to the local Conservative MP who always puts support for the building of this school in his leaflets and all the Liberal Democrat (including the three local Councillors) and Conservative Councillors who at no stage opposed the de-designation of the site from Metropolitan Open Land to Education purposes, which is why we are now at a stage where a planning application is being tabled.

Labour supports local residents opposing our park being turned into a building site for two years and then a traffic generating school being opened. Here are some of the reasons to oppose:

Planning Grounds

  • It would reduce the open, green and flat appearance of the park
  • The height would be 4 stories so it would be as high as the current pylons at the Sports Village. The current design looks like a big slab and some local residents at the recent consultation event said it looked like a prison. Residents are unlikely to want to see “Greenshaw Scrubs” or “Greenshawtraz” built in their park
  • The car park to the north would take 68 cars and it would link to the current Sports Village access road so that would be very crowded and traffic would all come out on a busy road. There will be inadequate parking for a development of this size
  • It will generate significant congestion in Angel Hill especially if there was later a tram route there as well
  • The school would have 1,556 pupils impacting on the local area.
  • The fencing of the school combined with the Railway line fence would mean the southern indoor sports hall of the Sports Village would be surrounded by fences on three sides. This means it could potentially become a fire trap if the northern half of the building had a fire and people were trapped in the southern half.
  • The planning application was submitted in June. It was originally planned to be considered by Committee in August, however after local objections by residents and Labour Party members it will now be considered in September.

Construction Issues

  • The Construction site will occupy the current tennis courts and access will be to the south. The current access road there is narrow and runs close to the pedestrian crossing. It would come out on a very busy road.
  • The Bowling Green will stay in use, but a resident pointed out all the dust from the site will be near it.
  • Construction would, if agreed, start in December 2019 and run for 96 weeks (ie close to 2 years) and they would aim to open in September 2021.
  • Any development will generate substantial air pollution

Educational Issues

  • It is near lots of other secondary schools and this will generate all sorts of congestion
  • The catchment area is to the south, but Merton parents would want to apply here too
  • The Council has alternative educational land sites such as the Sutton West site which was a former secondary school in the past
  • The Greenshaw Learning Trust will apply for funding if the planning application goes through. This will be from 2020 and it is possible a temporary school would be set up, possibly at the former SCILL Centre in central Sutton from September 2020.
  • The Special Needs School to be built on the Rosehill site was insisted by the Department of Education. There may be a case that it could have been linked to another local school rather this proposal.

If you have any other grounds this proposal should be objected to email the Sutton Branch Labour Party Chair Phil Robinson at: information@suttonlabour.org.uk

You can also contact the branch at @SuttonNthLabour

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