Patterson Park & Open Spaces

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On what date were you informed about th existence of the Kennedy Report supplied by the GLA by Southwark Council, which states that "Canada Water is the most favourable site for the development of a City Academy as it offers the most educational development potential ahead of Patterson Park?"

Was this prior to your giving the go-ahead for the Academy on the Patterson Park site?

Are you concerned that Southwark Council does not appear to have brought the contents of this reportr to the attention of the Department of Education prior to the decision being made?



Answer for Patterson Park & Open Spaces

Answer for Patterson Park & Open Spaces

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A copy of the Kennedy report was provided to my Planning Decisions Unit on 5 February 2002. The information it contained about the suitability of the Canada Water site was a factor in my original direction to refuse planning permission which was taken the following day, on 6 February 2002.

The Kennedy Report assessed the physical characteristics, constraints and development potential for a school on three sites within Southwark. It took into account the site areas, access, infrastructure, typography, services and impediments and the condition of the sites and any relevant planning designations affecting the sites. The report did not take into account educational need or the location of other existing schools.

Following my decision to refuse planning permission, but prior to my decision to withdraw my direction to refuse, I received a copy of a letter from the DFES, the Government's Education Department, which stated the Canada Water site could not provide the satisfactory level of social and recreational area, nor the sporting and physical education facilities needed to meet the demands of the national curriculum. The letter concludes, and I quote,

'The Canada Water site would not meet the statutory requirements for school premises'

Whilst the issue of consultation regarding the application is the responsibility of Southwark Council, I am aware that the report was jointly funded by the Corporation of London and the Department for Education and Skills and hence, in that context, I have presumed the Department of Education and Skills were aware of the findings of the report prior to the withdrawal of my direction. .