Although it raises no real legal points, I was interested to read the appeal decision, posted on CLG today against a refusal of planning permission for a free school in Tower Hamlets. The proposal is for the conversion of a former office/warehouse into a 2 form entry primary school. The Council refused the application, against officer advice and the appeal was recovered by the Secretary of State it being considered that the development was of major importance having more than local significance.
In line with the Inspector's recommendation, the appeal was allowed and planning permission has been granted. If any readers are promoting such developments then the decision is well worth a read for the clear weight placed on the Planning for Schools policy statement and NPPF paragraph 72. The Inspector dealt briskly with the reasons for refusal and was very clear in his view on where the evidence against had been lacking.