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Decision delayed on whether St John's School must axe 25 staff
A DECISION has been delayed on whether a Northwood Hills school must axe 25 staff and reduce pupil numbers, after breaching the conditions of a planning agreement.
St John's School was granted permission in 2001 to build a single-storey extension for an extra classroom and assembly area with a library for the prep school, together with a first-aid room and staff toilet.
As part of the agreement, the school, in Potter Street Hill, which sits on the Green Belt, was told it could accommodate a maximum of 350 students and 40 full time staff.
But for at least five years, there have been 405 children and 65 staff, prompting complaints from residents about the detrimental effect on traffic flow in the area, as well as 'intensifying' use of the Green Belt land.
The fee-paying school - which is part of the Merchant Taylors' education trust - applied for retrospective planning permission last May, as reported in the Gazette, after headmaster Chris Kelly claimed he was unaware of the restriction.
But councillors criticised the school for 'making a mockery of the planning application process' and rejected the application.
St John's appealed against the decision, with a date yet to be set for the hearing.
However, the school has also submitted a slightly-amended plan to Hillingdon Council for retrospective planning permission.
The application was due to be heard on Tuesday (22), however this has now been delayed after a 'large influx of correspondence' and numerous petitions were submitted at the last minute.
A special meeting on the matter will take place on March 9.
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