Mayor of London responds to Dundonald Primary School expansion proposal

Merton Council has received the Mayor of London’s initial response to expansion proposals for Dundonald Primary School in Wimbledon.

The initial response from the Mayor of London’s office supports the overall proposals for the expansion, laying out three changes to ensure the proposals fully comply with the London Plan. These changes are:

– Agreed hours of community use of the Multi Use Games Area during school hours

– Installation of measures to ensure excess rainfall is drained effectively including rain water harvesting

– Increase in the number of cycle parking spaces

The revised proposals will go to the Planning Application Committee in the first half of 2013 for consideration before returning to the mayor for the final decision.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We are pleased that the Mayor’s office is agreeing to the proposals in general at this stage, and we welcome the constructive comments. We are experiencing a 39% increase in the number of children needing good quality education near to where they live. This is a significant rise and our wish to educate locally is reasonable and in line with government policy. Expanding Dundonald school will mean that 420 more children will benefit from a first rate education, which must be the council’s top concern. The proposed Dundonald expansion is part of our major school expansion programme which will enable us to accommodate the increase in demand for school places within the borough.”

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “The support we have had so far from the Mayor of London is encouraging, but we know there is still some work to be done to achieve the right solution for both residents and those parents local to the school who would like their children educated at Dundonald Primary. Our proposal for the school expansion would result in improved facilities for both the children and the community on an area of land that will not go beyond the footprint of the current buildings.”