School hall usage extended to benefit local community

A condition imposed on a planning permission for a hall in north London which restricted its use to use by a school has been removed and new conditions applied to enable greater community usage.

The condition stipulated that the hall should be limited to purposes ancillary to the school with no use whatsoever after 6pm each day. The school stated that its other facilities were generally inadequate for holding meetings of the governors, parent-teacher events and for use by the wider community. The council was concerned that the occupiers of flats above the hall would be disturbed by more intensive and later use and in addition it claimed that it would lead to more on-street parking on residential roads.

In deciding that increased use could occur the inspector held that a management plan needed to be submitted which would minimise noise and demand for parking. Any use of the hall by the local community had to be booked in advance in accordance with the management plan with all events ceasing at 10pm. These restrictions would ensure the correct balance between enhanced use of the hall which in any event was of relatively limited size and maintaining amenity and highway safety.

Inspector: G Rollings; Hearing

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