Please help us save the Judith Kerr Primary School GreenSpace from Dulwich Estate!

The Judith Kerr Primary School, Half Moon Lane needs your support!

As a fully inclusive and growing school the children of JKPS need your help to protect their Green Space.  The work on the building is nearing the end and the school community is looking forward to a bright future, supporting and being part of the local community.  To do so with space to play we need everyone's help.

The GreenSpace is used every day for sport, for playing and for it's outdoor classroom.  There's a developing veg patch and volunteer labour was able to lay all weather surface funded by the Safer, Cleaner, Greener fund.  The space has also hosted successful events, including the Summer Fair last summer.  We want to continue to use the space, look after the very interesting collection of trees that surrounds the space and ultimately give the children a connection with the outside world, the food they eat and the space to develop.  Outside play develops motor skills, social skills and burns off some of that energy which helps concentration in classrooms! 

JKPS is a state primary school and leases its building and grounds, which includes the only playing field, from The Dulwich Estate. The Dulwich Estate incorporated an option into the lease allowing it to develop residential housing on the playing field subject to planning permission. If the development is approved, the playing field will be permanently lost to the school.

We need your help as the school, the education trust that runs the school CfBT and the governing body can't campaign or object to planning permission due to a clause in the Dulwich Estate lease.  So there's a JKPS Green Space Campaign group, running the campaign as we consider that The Dulwich Estate, as an education charity, is actively preventing JKPS from promoting the best interests of its children and campaigning to keep the green space for the school. This again is contrary to the Charity Commission’s requirement for The Dulwich Estate to pursue its charitable purpose for the ‘public benefit’.

You can help in two ways -

The good news is that Southwark Council have marked the space as 'Other Open Space' in the Draft Southwark Plan.  This becoming official would help.

Please email or write to:

planningpolicy@southwark.gov.uk
 
Planning Policy
Regeneration 
FREEPOST SE1919/14
London SE1P 5LX 
 
All responses must be received by 5pm on Friday 12 February 2016.

Details are here:
 
New Draft Southwark Plan for consultation: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/download/4346/new_southwark_plan_preferred_option
 
Open Space options are in Appendix 4; conditions affecting proposals in main document (first link on above page)
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/856/planning_policy/3315/the_new_southwark_plan 

To help, here’s a suggested wording:

Subject: New Southwark Plan Preferred Option: New Open Spaces - NSP NOS16: Judith Kerr School green space OOS
 
“The Judith Kerr Primary School Green Space is a vital resource for the growing community of children of all abilities. Having access to outside space big enough to run around and play enhances their days immeasurably.  Involvement in outside sports through PE and clubs including football and hockey develops teamwork skills and the development of gross motor skills supports classroom learning. The Veg Patch development and climbing equipment will need additional funding and we are keen to see the Friends of Judith Kerr and the School be able to secure this. Looking after the interesting collection of trees and making the space accessible to other community groups, for example, in school holidays will help to cement the school as part of the wider community.  We thank Southwark for suggesting this designation and support the change”

The other thing you can do is sign our petition:

https://www.change.org/p/southwark-council-save-judith-kerr-primary-scho...

Thank you in advance!

JKPS Green Space Campaign