Frequently asked questions about the Enfield Road site
How many hectares is the site? What is the minimum that the government require in hectares and acres?
There are no hard and fast regulations for the area required for schools. The DfE guidelines for a school of this size suggest
7.2 hectares (c. 18 acres). It is recognised, however, that this might not be feasible in urban areas.
The proposed site in Enfield Road is 4.45 ha (net area) which, with careful design will be sufficient for the school. This size of site is comparable with that of Highlands School which is of a similar size.
Who owns the land now? Does the Diocese still own the land?
The Diocese of London (Church of England) currently owns the freehold for the site. In 2010, Fairview New Homes agreed an option to purchase the land and entered into a promotion agreement with the Diocese.
If planning permission does not go through, does the land go back to the Diocese?
If planning permission does not go through the option remains in place and a new application would be lodged at some date in the future.
There are problems already with traffic at Oakwood Station, especially at the traffic lights, this will make it worse.
If parking restriction are created to help control traffic who will enforce these, the school or the council?
A detailed assessment is currently being done and findings will be published within a transport study to accompany the full planning application.
Through the implementation of a school Travel Plan, measures will be put in place to minimise the proportion of trips made to/from the school by car. We will work with Enfield Council to try and address any traffic issues, for example setting the start and end times of our school to try to reduce traffic congestion.
We will support the council, as far as we are able, in ensuring that any restrictions are correctly imposed and work with our parents to educate them of the concerns of local residents
What will be the impact on local traffic if the school is approved given other schools in the local area?
Wherever the new school is located, the management of the traffic through a school travel plan will be important. On other LDBS new schools the measures which have proved effective have included staggered start and finish times, drop off zones and additional bus capacity as well as encouraging as many students as possible to walk, cycle or use public transport.
Green Belt Status
Why are you building on Green Belt?
Meeting the need for secondary school places and family housing are very special circumstances that outweigh the potentially detrimental effects to the green belt.
There is a likelihood that the site will be allocated for development in the next 5-10 years through the Local Plan Review due to the growing population pressure in Enfield. This process has been accelerated in order to deliver the school in time for a full opening in 2018 which is in the public interest.