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New School Proposal Goes To Mayor’s Planning Committee

Simon Harding-Roots (Executive Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland) writes to the Compass School Community

Grosvenor has developed plans for a brand new state of the art facility for Compass School Southwark.  

Share your views on the proposal: biscuitfactory@london.gov.uk

The school is an integral part of our wider proposals for the former Peek Frean Biscuit Factory and Bermondsey Campus site, alongside homes at a range of rent levels, new public amenities and more workspaces, all of which will create new jobs and stimulate greater local economic activity.

Unfortunately these proposals were not approved by Southwark Council’s Planning Committee in February 2019.

We were of course disappointed with this outcome, which meant we were unable to commence delivery of the new school facility. As we understand you will have been too.

Further to the Mayor of London’s decision to ‘recover’ our planning application in May 2019, the Mayor is now the planning authority for the purpose of determining the application.

We have this week (w/c 23.09) submitted amendments on our original proposals to the Mayor’s team at the Greater London Authority (GLA), which focus on improving our affordable housing offer. To accommodate more homes, and more affordable homes, we have also had to make some design amendments, which the guide below aims to explain.

No amendments are proposed to the new school building, which remain per the original planning application we submitted to Southwark Council in October 2017. 

The GLA is running a consultation process on our proposals, including the new school facility, and we encourage you to share your views as part of this to biscuitfactory@london.gov.uk.

Post consultation, the proposals will be considered at a public hearing convened by the Mayor of London, which is expected to take place before the end of the year.

If approved, we aim to begin works on site within months and will prioritise the new school facility ahead of all other buildings. We anticipate it would take approximately two and a half years to build.

Grosvenor has a long-term commitment to Bermondsey and Southwark, and wants to see that through with a fantastic, mixed new neighbourhood open to all, with a thriving school and student population at its heart.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Harding-Roots MRICS

Executive Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland