Looking south from Colvestone School nursery's outdoor learning/playground space, for 60 kids under 6, as it is today. There will be a three story blank wall, on its southern boundary, to replace the sunshine and the open aspect
Last Wednesday Council officers recommended, and Hackney granted planning permission, for a three storey development on the school's southern boundary. It will deprive the nursery school's outdoor learning area/playground of most of its sunlight.
After the approved development this will be the view south from Colvestone School Nursery's outdoor learning/playground space
"We believe that simple things like the natural light that fills a space and awakens your spirits...enriches life in a way that is priceless" from Chan and Eayrs [the developers] website, But at the planning meeting the developers claimed that only an annual average of 2 hours per day of direct sunlight over half of the school childrens' outdoor space was sufficient. Planning permission was given using the Committee Chair's casting vote.
A request has been made to the Council to say whether it will protect the school's sunlight by using the restrictive covenant to stop the planned development.
It is unusual for a developer to invest large sums in a planning application for a development which can't be built, however restrictive covenants safeguarding sunlight can be removed by agreement between the landowners.
Is Hackney selling our school children's sunlight to the developers? (...or has it already done so? Ed.)
Chan and Eayrs [the developers] who have announced that their 'Herringbone House' Jude Street E8 development, marketed for £2.25million ( 4 bed/3 baths and sprinklings of antiquities), has been sold.