Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harrow Loses Battle to Build on Green Belt

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harrow Loses Battle to Build on Green Belt

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Editor

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL'S former school has been dealt a blow by Sadiq Khan over plans for a sports block.

The Mayor has blocked Harrow School from constructing a state-ofthe-art sports building because it would have encroached on protected green space.

Sir Winston's alma mater which educated six other British prime ministers as well as actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Laurence Fox wanted to overhaul its campus with a 7,300sqm sports block, science buildings, a games area and car park.

The sports facilities would have been shared with the local community, and children from primary and secondary schools would have benefited.

However, part of the development, which had been approved by Harrow council, would have been built on Metropolitan Open Land, owned by the school but largely undeveloped.

The mayor's new London Plan gives this type of land the same protection as that given to the green belt and Mr Khan said that the sports building should be built on the existing site at the PS12,850-a-term school. …

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