University College School bid for new sport base rejected amid neighbours’ anger

An artist's impression of the proposed pavilion.

An artist's impression of the proposed pavilion. - Credit: Archant

A top Hampstead independent school has had its bid to build a new sport pavilion rejected by Barnet Council after a wave of objections from neighbours.

University College School, in Frognal, had applied to demolish the current pavilion on its sports ground in Ranulf Road, Cricklewood, and replace it with a new building, as well as moving the main entrance to the sports ground.

The application attracted 58 letters of objection from neighbours living close by, who were particularly concerned about the proposal to make the ground’s secondary entrance - at the junction of Hocroft Road and Farm Avenue - it’s primary access point, which is currently in Ranulf Road.

On Monday, Finchley and Golders Green planning committee ignored a recommendation from officers to approve the scheme and rejected the application, citing safety concerns about the new proposed entrance being located on a sharp bend.