Victory for campaigners after Avenue nursery withdraws planning application
- Credit: Polly Hancock
Conservation groups and dozens of neighbours are celebrating after a private nursery pulled an “unbearable” expansion bid in Jackson’s Lane.
The Highgate Society, the Conservation Area Advisory Committee (CAAC) and 31 neighbours were up in arms about the proposal for Avenue Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School.
Plans had been submitted to the council to add an extra classroom, toilets and kitchen onto the nursery, so it could accommodate 100 children.
After the Ham&High this week broke the news they were off the table, campaigners were jubilant – but urged caution.
Mike Klein, who lives in Jackson’s Lane, said: “We might have won the battle, but we haven’t won the war.”
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Rani Jowell, whose house backs onto the proposed extension, said it was “excellent” but was also wary.
The Highgate Society’s David Richmond had accused the nursery owners of “deception” after they told him there was “no intention” of having more than 75 pupils.
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Rani has lived next door to the nursery site since 2011. She says she has already been forced to keep her doors shut despite the hot weather because of noise, and had called the thought of the expansion “depressing”.
“All this is for the sake of 24 children, compared with the 60 residents nearby,” she said. “I don’t think that’s right. It’s a private school – their families don’t live here.”
Mary Fysh, who owns the nursery, said: “We have listened to the objections and decided to withdraw the present planning application. The school will meanwhile continue to provide the local community with an outstanding, much needed and respected education facility as it has done here since 1989.”