A planning application has been approved by the Planning Committee of Greenwich Council to build a new school for Our Lady Of Grace Primary School on the Community Open Space at Highcombe in Charlton. This follows the refusal a year ago of an earlier application. This time the proposal is just for the new school and does not include the residential development at the Charlton Road end of the site.
It appears that the Traffic Plan for the site is being reviewed at present.
Charlton Community Gardens was set up three years ago to try and open up this space – which has been locked up for more than 20 years – for the use of the whole local community. However, we now face seeing one of the last pieces of open space in this area being built on. The site is designated as Community Open Space in the Council’s Local Plan, the Core Strategy. The committee chair argued for the over-riding importance of Education.