Councillor ANDREW PELLING suggests that the mounting case against building a secondary academy at the Croydon Arena will get a thorough hearing at tonight’s planning committee
My colleagues on the council’s planning committee will want to ask some pertinent questions this evening when they get a first look at plans to try to fit a 915-pupil and 120-teacher secondary academy on a restricted primary school site near the South Norwood Country Park.
Although well-served by the Arena tram stop, any large development at this location has always been seen as a great challenge because of the ladders of heavily parked narrow streets that run to the site.
As a London Assembly Member, I had a previous involvement for the area when there were proposals for a leisure centre at the Arena. I felt then, and the council eventually concluded, that the local roads just could not cope with the volumes of traffic that a leisure centre would have created. Those plans were dropped.
A report from the council’s planners ahead of tonight’s meeting sets out in delightfully understated terms just how challenging a development of any significant size could be for traffic management in this part of South Norwood.