Where is the site?
North London Collegiate School (NLCS) is located in the London Borough of Harrow and is a short walk from Stanmore and Canons Park tube stations. The School’s address is Canons Drive, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7RJ.
What is being proposed at NLCS?
NLCS is preparing to submit a hybrid planning application to Harrow Council this summer. This will be for a 20-year masterplan which will secure the long-term sustainability of the School. This will take place in three phases. The hybrid application will consist of the following:
Phase 1 (detailed application)
- Improve the existing entrance to the School to provide a welcoming and secure entrance that leads to a new reception/administration building;
- Create an IDEAS Hub (Innovation, Design, Engineering, Art and Sciences Hub) to promote learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics;
- Extend the Tractor Barn to support facilities management and maintenance operations; and
- Provide two additional tennis courts.
Phases 2 & 3 (outline application)
- Improvements to the Canons Sports Centre
- An expansion of the Performing Arts Centre and the Music School to include music classrooms, drama studios, and a dedicated performance space for music;
- Additional teaching classrooms; and
- Re-building the Junior school.
In due course, Phases 2 & 3 of the masterplan will be developed in further detail and subsequent detailed planning applications will be made to the Council over the next 20 years.
What is a hybrid application?
NLCS are preparing to submit a hybrid planning application. This will be a combination of a full and an outline application in the one submission. It is often used for proposals such as this, that will be progressed over many years – or decades in this case.
Phase 1 is to be constructed first and is therefore being brought forward as a detailed (or full) application to the London Borough of Harrow. This means that all details of the building design will be submitted and decided upon at committee as part of this application. Work will then be able to commence subject to any conditions that may be applied.
Phases 2 and 3 are expected to progress in the years after the completion of Phase 1. Given the timeframes, this part of the application will be submitted as outline – to establish the principle of development. Plans will be submitted that outline the parameters of the proposed buildings (size, location and so on) and a Design Code will provide guidance on materials. These will then guide the future design and subsequent applications that will be brought forward in the future.
Why is NLCS proposing these changes?
NLCS has a history of academic endeavour, scholarship and service to the community. However, the School must continually adapt their approach to teaching and develop their facilities to ensure that the School can best prepare students for life in the modern era.
The proposals also provide a unique opportunity to make other positive changes such as responding to the climate emergency by introducing sustainability features and promoting learning in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
Will there be any disruption to the operation of the school during this time?
No – the School will continue to operate as normal. A Construction Management Plan will be put in place to ensure that there will be minimal impact on students and local residents during the construction phase.
Will the proposals mean there will be an increase in pupil numbers?
No – the proposals will not result in an increase in pupil numbers.
Will the proposals have any impact on traffic associated with the school?
No – the proposals will not lead to an increase in the level of traffic expected at the School.
By continuing to promote sustainable methods of transport such as the existing minibus service for students; and also by providing bike storage, the proposals will not increase, and may potentially reduce, the level of car traffic at the School.
Will I still be able to use the Canons Sports Centre?
Yes – access and use of the Canons Sports Centre will remain unchanged.
Some improvements to the sports centre are proposed as part Phase 2 of the masterplan, but the detailed design of these will be taken forward in consultation with members of the sports centre at a later date.
How are you consulting with the wider school community and keeping parents updated?
Ensuring that the wider school community and parents are consulted and kept up to date on the School’s plans for the future is essential. We will be seeking feedback from staff, parents and the wider school community in order to inform the emerging proposals. This will be via a range of activities including: virtual presentations and Q&As; newsletters and encouraging individuals to make use of the consultation website.
How are you consulting local residents and the wider community?
Consulting with local residents and the wider community is a key priority for NLCS. We will be contacting community groups and local residents in order to seek their feedback on the proposals. A community newsletter will also provide further information on the proposals and details on how people can submit their feedback.
The proposals seek to improve the School’s existing links with local schools and the community therefore we are keen to hear from these groups about their views on these changes.
Immediate residents will not be adversely affected by the proposed changes to the School, but as a considerate neighbour will be informing local residents about the plans and working with them if they have any questions or queries about the proposals.
Where can I access the public consultation material?
You can view information on the proposals by selecting ‘The Proposals’ tab on the main website. Here you will find a summary of the key aspects of the proposals as well as links to further information about each of these headings.
Alternatively, if you would like to request printed copies of this material please contact us. There is also a dedicated email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and telephone number (07741 849 398) should you have any questions or queries about the consultation.
How can I submit my views on the proposals?
There are several ways in which you can provide your feedback:
- You can complete an online feedback form accessed via the ‘Your Feedback’ section on this website.
- Email us with your comments at: email@example.com
- You can also phone us on: 07741 849 398.
We welcome feedback on the proposals so please do get in touch and share your views on the plans.
When will the plans be submitted to Harrow Council?
NLCS are preparing to submit an application to Harrow Council this summer.
If planning is granted, when will construction start?
If the planning application is successful, it is hoped that we will be able to proceed with the initial works in late 2021