Charlton Park Academy rebuild approved by councillors

What the new school will look like

Greenwich councillors have backed a new scheme to revamp Charlton Park Academy.

The academy, in Charlton Park Road, has had its plans for a revamp approved by the local authority at a planning meeting on Tuesday. The school, which looks after kids with special educational needs, was given the greenlight to bulldoze the existing school building in place of new modern features.

Charlton Park Academy teaches students with complex, low incidence special educational needs.
Councillors signed off on the plans at a meeting on June 5 following officer’s recommendations.

Officers said in a report before the meeting: “Charlton Park Academy, as a SEN school, provides a valuable service for the local community by providing education for vulnerable children and young adults who cannot be accommodated in conventional or unspecialised schools, with a focus on complex, low incidence disabilities.

They added: “The proposed development is considered to be acceptable in land use terms, and the redevelopment of Rainbow House would enhance the educational offer within the borough, by providing modern learning facilities and enhanced sleeping facilities for children with special educational needs.”

The existing buildings were originally parts of the 1967 school that have since been encased in temporary structures. In their planning statement, submitted last year, the school said: “The key benefits of the scheme include the demolition of tired and not-fit-for-purpose education building and an important upgrade in the provision of a much-needed Special Education Needs and Disability facility with all modern facilities.”

The plans will have the existing school building demolished and a two-storey replacement with sleeping accommodation for staff and students, along with kitchen and living areas.


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Council planners recommend rebuilding Charlton Park Academy

What the new school will look like

Planners at Greenwich Council have recommended that councillors back a scheme to revamp Charlton Park Academy by knocking down and rebuilding its main site.

The plans, to demolish a building known as Rainbow House for bigger, modern facilities, have been backed by council officers.

A two-storey replacement will have sleeping accommodation for staff and students, along with kitchen and living areas.

Officers said: “Charlton Park Academy, as a SEN school, provides a valuable service for the local community by providing education for vulnerable children and young adults who cannot be accommodated in conventional or unspecialised schools, with a focus on complex, low incidence disabilities. The proposed development is considered to be acceptable in land use terms, and the redevelopment of Rainbow House would enhance the educational offer within the borough, by providing modern learning facilities and enhanced sleeping facilities for children with special educational needs.”

The school said its current setup has become “no longer fit for purpose and have aged beyond being reasonably maintained”. It added: “The key benefits of the scheme include the demolition of tired and not-fit-for-purpose education building and an important upgrade in the provision of a much-needed Special Education Needs and Disability facility with all modern facilities and support providing essential enhancements to the quality of SEND provision whilst at Charlton Park Academy.”

The plans will be debated at a planning meeting on Tuesday, June 4, at Woolwich Town Hall.


LDRS logoTom Bull is the Local Democracy Reporter for Greenwich. The Local Democracy Reporter Service is a BBC-funded initiative to ensure councils are covered properly in local media.
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