Community concern at Westminster University Technical College plans

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Churchill ward Councillors and the local community have expressed concerns about the plans for a University Technical College on Sutherland Street in Pimlico. Despite Councillors being promised full community engagement only two public exhibition sessions were organised by the Developers, Bougyues and Redrow on Thursday 27th November – 2pm-8pm and Saturday 29th November – 10am-2pm ahead of the UTC’s proposed opening in September 2016.

Local ward Councillor Jason Williams has written to Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, raising the local community’s concern over the lack of a full public consultation for the proposed UTC development. Councillor Williams said 

“we support the UTC as it will provide high quality vocational training but residents must be fully engaged in any consultation and they must have an adequate opportunity to make their views heard.”

Councillor Williams said 

“we also seek assurances that there would be no loss of parking in the area and that there is a full transport assessment undertaken before the scheme goes to the planning committee to ensure there isn’t an undue burden on the existing transport infrastructure. The community are also rightly concerned about the proposed height of the residential building and the impact on the surrounding buildings in the conservation area.”

The UTC was given the go-ahead by the Department of Education earlier this year and will offer courses for 175 12-16 year olds in its first year offering vocational and academic qualifications.

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