Sadiq Khan has come out in opposition against plans for an academy due to the fact its proposed parking facilities “do not comply with the London Plan”.

Ark Pioneer academy trust submitted plans to build an all-through school for over 1,500 pupils on the site of Barnet FC’s former stadium grounds in Underhill, near High Barnet, to Barnet Council in October.

The proposed school, targeted to open in 2018, drew apprehension from residents in Mays Lane, Grasvenor Avenue and surrounding streets, for fears it will lead to overwhelming problems with traffic during a September meeting in Dollis Valley Drive.

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A Greater London Authority letter representing the views of Mr Khan, the Mayor of London, and planning report for October 31 state “the proposed school development is ‘inappropriate’ on green belt”.

However, the letter conceded “changes to the plan might remedy the current deficiencies, and could possibly lead to the application becoming compliant with the London Plan”.

The report said there is too much emphasis on car travel to the school with proposals for 62 car parking spaces for staff, as well as use of the 60 space Barnet Estates car park for pupil drop off.

Transport for London did not support the principle of using off site car parks for pupil drop off as this “encourages car use”.

Barnet Council has yet to grant planning permission, as official public consultation only closed near the end of October.

If planning permission is given without changes being made to the plan to satisfy the GLA, the mayor can then direct the council to withdraw permission.

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Underhill Labour councillor Paul Edwards said: “I welcome the mayor’s statement on the Ark Academy planning application.

“Residents were particularly concerned about the traffic and parking chaos a school with 1,680 pupils would create, so his comments on car use are apposite.

“I recognise Ark could still seek to remedy the issues raised by, or Barnet Council could agree to grant planning permission subject to conditions.”

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