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Inquiry into appeal against refusal of planning and listed building consent for a new Free School in Hackney concludes

DATE: 19 Jul 2017

Lisa acted for the Tauheedul Education Trust promoting the Olive School, Hackney’s appeal against the refusal of planning and listed building consent by Hackney Borough Council for a new Free School at the site of the former Police Station at Lower Clapton Road, Hackney on transport, design, built heritage and conservation grounds in a six day Inquiry over 11 – 19 July 2017. The proposal was highly controversial, being supported by parents of children at the school but opposed by the Acton for Clapton residents’ group. The appeal raisied issues relating to the Government’s Free Schools and education policy, as well as traditional planning and listed building matters. The Secretary of State’s decision on the appeal is awaited.