Why Residents Should Be Angry



Put simply….

What makes me angry is why are we in this situation in the first place?

As a resident of Hartland Drive I can remember being told of the Broadfields rebuild and I was very pleased our local community was going to get a school fit for the 21st century.

We were told of the plans to rationalise the use of the site by the building of a single primary School and assured that housing was to be built on the rest to effectively pay for the re-development of Broadfields.

However several years on you don’t seem to be able to get a straight answer from anyone official on why housing hasn’t materialised.

One thing you can’t argue with is fact. Please click below to read the documents.

Draft Planning Brief

Freehold Disposal of Surplus Lands adjacent to Broadfields School and Northway Fairway School

The documents are taken from the Barnet planning website.

The documents talk of the programme under which the Broadfields and Fairway Schools were redeveloped called the Primary Schools Capital Investment Programme (PSCIP).

Quotes from the documents

“It was anticipated that a significant proportion of the funding for PSCIP would come from capital receipts achieved from the disposal of surplus school land. The potential receipts were assessed at the beginning of the programme and values were reported to Cabinet. However, due to the economic crisis the original values have now decreased.”

“It is likely that the highest offers for both sites will be achieved through proposals for residential development.”

“Offers received following the tender process are set out in the exempt report. Although the terms of sale required offers to be made on a binding basis, following the tender closing date of 16 January 2012 the Council received three unsolicited non-binding offers, which were higher. This confirmed that the Council would not be complying with their statutory obligations under s.123 Local Government Act 1972 to obtain best consideration for their assets, if one of the binding offers were accepted“

Questions that need answers

1. If only last year residential developments were being considered how is it now if you enquire about the site it seems only to be available for Education purposes.

2. If a residential development won’t obtain the best consideration for the asset how can it be true that an Education development would.

It would seem the council is no longer interested in obtaining the best consideration for their asset. I’d like to know why.

This is not what we signed up for.