West London Academy

R Legg made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,
Have you completed any studies of the impact of West London Academy (Northolt) proposed expansion.
That is the increase in traffic of cars lorries and pedestrians during the building works and afterwards.
Is there a Health and Safety document on the impact of West London Academy.

Also are any drives in Bengarth road (Northolt) going to be blocked due to railing's being erected.

Yours faithfully,

R Legg

FOI, Transport for London

Our ref: FOI-0059-1112

Date: 14.04.2011

Dear R Legg

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 13
April 2011 asking for information about any studies of the impact of West
London Academy (Northolt) proposed expansion.

Your request will be processed in accordance with TfL's Freedom of
Information Act 2000 procedure and a response will be provided to you by
17 May 2011 in accordance with the Act.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

[1][TfL request email]

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FOI, Transport for London

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Our ref: FOI-0059-1112

Date: 16.05.2011

Dear R Legg

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 13
April 2011 asking for information about the proposed expansion of West
London Academy.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Unfortunately TfL does not
hold the information you have requested, as we have not undertaken any
study of the proposed expansion.

It is the responsibility of the proposer of the development (West London
Academy) to prepare a Transport Statement or Transport Assessment in
support of their proposals. TfL is responsible for the Transport for
London Road Network (TLRN), which includes the A312 Church Road and A40.

We should therefore be consulted by the local planning authority and we
expect the planning submission to consider traffic impacts on the TLRN
during construction and when the development is fully operational. Our
response to the application will form part of the planning record.

Responsibility for Bengarth Road is with the local highway authority - the
London Borough of Ealing, who are therefore best placed to answer your
concerns relating to this road.

I am sorry that I have been unable to assist you further on this occasion,
but if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact
me. If you are not satisfied with this response, please read the attached
help-sheet entitled `Your Right to Appeal'.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

Corporate Governance Directorate

General Counsel

Transport for London

[1][TfL request email]

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Dear Graham,

Thanks for the information it has been very helpful as at the moment information about the traffic changes are not forth coming from Ealing council or the West London Academy

Yours sincerely,

R Legg

Dear Graham,
It has come to my attention that TFL did in fact take part in traffic studies in connection with the expansion of the West London Academy.
I therefore equest a internal review of the utmost urgencey.
Below please find the relevant sections from the planning application of the West London Academy to support the fact that TFL did know and take part in of traffic studies of the school.

Yours faithfully,

R Legg

PLANNING DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT
Project: 4148 CB WEST LONDON ACADEMY
Doc: 4148 template 24.03.11 Date: 25 March 2011 Page 13 of 48
Access and Car parking
2.17 The existing vehicular and pedestrian access to the school is from Bengarth Road and
Compton Crescent. The main visitor access for vehicles is presently from Compton
Crescent and this route is used by the mini buses serving John Chilton School. A
pedestrian access route from Church Road close to the Target Roundabout is not used
as it is considered unsafe.

2.18 The school currently has 119 car parking spaces with eight spaces for disable parking
and 3 covered cycle bays for students and one covered and one uncovered for staff.

Accessibility for Cyclists
2.19 There are no on-road segregated cycle routes on the nearby residential streets.
Accessibility to Public Transport
2.20 The academy is served by bus routes within 5 minutes walk of Church Road and
Northolt tube is 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes bus journey from the academy. For
details see Green Travel Plan.

PLANNING DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT
Project: 4148 CB WEST LONDON ACADEMY
Doc: 4148 template 24.03.11 Date: 25 March 2011 Page 14 of 48
Traffic Generation
2.22 A Transport Statement was prepared and submitted by Ramboll as part of this
application. The scope was agreed with Transport for London (TfL) and the Highways
Department for Ealing. The transport impacts of the development are reported in the
transport statement submitted with the application.

PLANNING DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT
Project: 4148 CB WEST LONDON ACADEMY
Doc: 4148 template 24.03.11 Date: 25 March 2011 Page 28 of 48
Ensure that the new development is not proposed in locations where there may
be an adverse impact on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties in
Compton Crescent and Bengarth Road.
Ensure that the design and location of the proposed extension ensures that
noise disturbance is minimised to adjacent housing.

Highway authority
5.3 The Highway Authority was consulted about the proposed extension and a meeting was
held on site with TfL.

PLANNING DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT
Project: 4148 CB WEST LONDON ACADEMY
Doc: 4148 template 24.03.11 Date: 25 March 2011 Page 29 of 48
5.4 A scoping document was agreed to survey the surrounding road system and the
Transport Statement submitted with this application addresses that.

PLANNING DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT
Project: 4148 CB WEST LONDON ACADEMY
Doc: 4148 template 24.03.11 Date: 25 March 2011 Page 30 of 48
6.0 PLANNING APPLICATION PROPOSALS
The Planning Application
6.1 The planning application is made in full with no matters to be reserved and is detailed
on the drawings and documents listed at the top of this statement.
6.2 Planning permission is sought for:
An extension to an education institution (D1) comprising additional primary
faculties in a new single storey building, additional two storey secondary
classroom and workshop spaces including a media centre and exhibition space,
new storage buildings and screened external plant areas, replacement and
revision to 33 doors in the external envelope of the south elevation
Creation of a new community entrance into the main academy building as an
integral part of the new extension
Alterations to existing pedestrian access arrangements from Bengarth Road to
the main entrance.
Removal of the pedestrian access and route from Church Road.
Removal of temporary storage containers.
Removal of temporary teaching accommodation.
Associated soft and hard landscaping and enhanced screen planting and habitat
areas including adjustments to the levels of soft play areas and earth mounding.
The bringing into use as a soft games area an area of the site previously of
restricted access.
A new security point adjacent to the Bengarth Road entrance to support this
access point as the main site entrance for staff cars and mini buses.
Other related matters

Access
Vehicular access
6.29 Access to the site will be as from Bengarth Road and Compton Crescent.
6.30 It is proposed to make the Bengarth Road entrance the main entrance and all staff,
visitors and mini buses will be required to use this as the point of access to the site. See
the additional arrangements detailed in the Green Travel Plan encouraging car sharing,
walking bus arrangements and other incentives to further reduce the amount of traffic
approaching the site.

Pedestrian access
6.31 Access to the site for pedestrians will be improved from the existing arrangements.
6.32 The main pedestrian access from Bengarth Road will have be increased to 3m wide and
be separated from the approach road by a 1.1m high railing to increase safety. The
width of the access of 3m also permits two way flows of parents with pushchairs and
prams and people in wheelchairs. The access is also DDA compliant in design.
6.33 The entrance and footpath from Church Road will be deleted as it is unsafe and creates supervision difficulties.

Traffic generation
6.37 A Transport Statement has been undertaken by Ramboll having first agreed the scope
with Ealing Highways Department and TfL. Refer to Document 16 Transport
assessment.

FOI, Transport for London

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25 May 2011

Our ref: IRV-018-1112

Dear Mr Legg

Thank you for your email in which you requested an internal review of TfL's response to your FOI request.

A review will be conducted in accordance with the attached procedure. As part of the review process I have contacted the business area which stated that TfL holds no information and asked them to clarify whether in fact they do.

I hope to have the review process concluded by early next week.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Towey | Information Governance Adviser
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport for London
5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

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Dear Matthew,
Thanks for the quick response.
Either the planning application submitted for west London academy is miss-leading or there have been consultations / studies done by TFL....

Yours sincerely,

R Legg

FOI, Transport for London

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31 May 2011

Our ref: IRV-018-1112

Dear Mr Legg

The internal review of TfL’s response to your request regarding the West London Academy has been completed.

The review assessed whether TfL holds any relevant information in light of the extract you provided from the Planning Design and Access Statement which states “A Transport Statement was prepared and submitted by Ramboll as part of this application. The scope was agreed with Transport for London (TfL) and the Highways Department for Ealing."

I have discussed this with colleagues in the relevant business areas who have confirmed that TfL met with the Borough and Kier London (the contractor) to discuss what was needed before TfL would allow them to create a temporary construction access. Verbal advice was given to the Borough which pointed them towards TfL guidance but there were no discussions about the scope of the Transport Statement. The answers to your original questions remain correct.

I can advise that following submission of the planning application and referral from the Borough/GLA, TfL has provided Stage 1 comments, which are attached. Please also find attached the Transport Assessment report. This should be available on the Borough’s website but we are aware of an error which is preventing access to this document.

I hope this information is of assistance. Please contact me if you have any queries.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this internal review, you can refer the matter to the independent authority responsible for enforcing the Environmental Information Regulations at the following address.

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

A complaint form is available on the ICO’s website (www.ico.gov.uk).

Yours sincerely

Matthew Towey | Information Governance Adviser
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport for London
5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

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Dear Matthew ,
Thanks for confirming that TFL did not have consultations with the West London Academy.
Will you be writing to them stating that there planing application contains some Erroneous statements referring to the the TFL involvement with the planning application.

Yours sincerely,

R Legg

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Legg

Thank you for your email.

I have discussed this matter with colleagues in the relevant business area and TfL does not intend to write to the Borough or the West London Academy in relation to this particular issue but we will be following up on the other issues that we raised in our comments on the planning application.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Towey | Information Governance Adviser
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport for London
5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

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