Thursday, October 11, 2012

Campaigners wait on High Court decision over Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School in Mill Hill 

Campaigners fighting the building of a new primary school in Mill Hill are taking their case to the High Court today.

A group of residents angry at plans for the Etz Chaim Jewish School, in Daws Lane, Mill Hill, are seeking an injunction to halt building work that has already begun.

The group claims the site, formerly owned by Wyevale Garden Centre, should be retained for community use.

The former garden centre was used by a number of community groups for the elderly and disabled before it was shut down by owners and sold to the school contractors.

The school has already started one class in the former Sea Scouts building over the road.

Campaigners have lined up buyers who say they would build community facilities on the site.

Barnet Borough Council's planning committee granted permission for the independent school despite fierce opposition from residents.

However, the decision underwent a judicial review, which found the authority did not carry out a proper impact assessment on the local area before granting permission.

A subsequent consultation was carried out and the planning permission was approved last year.

Opponents to the building are today awaiting a decision by the high court on whether or not the building should go ahead.

Barnet Council said it would not comment on the hearing until a decision was made.

No-one from the school has been available for comment.


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