The West Area Committee on July 18th has the following update on Downhall Under Fives:
FERNDALE OPEN SPACE
2.1 The old scouts building has now been demolished and removed from the site, although there are still certain works that are required to be undertaken by the scouts in order to fully re-instate the site prior to the surrendering of the lease.
2.2 The Downhall Under 5s Pre-School group who had expressed an interest in putting a new, but similar, building on the site have been progressing their research into costs of buildings, funding etc and have held discussions with Council officers regarding their planning application and possible lease details. They have identified a company who can supply an appropriate building and have had provisional plans drawn up of the site and building that could form part of their planning application.
It is the Pre-School?s intention, subject to finalising a few more details, to submit their planning application in the next few weeks with a view to it being heard at the Council?s Development Control Committee by September 2007. Issues around the covenant that exists on the site have been investigated by the Council?s Head of Legal Services, resulting in the view that the covenant itself would not prevent usage of the site for a pre-school type activity.