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Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Hammersmith Town Hall
London W6 9JU
Dear Cllr Cowan,
Re: Fulham Boys School permanent site
We write jointly as the Member of Parliament for Fulham and the H&F Conservative Councillors
Group in the spirit of finding a permanent site for the Fulham Boys School.
We would like to suggest the Council releases the land currently known as Watermeadow Court on
Townmead Road, London SW6 2RW. Formerly a housing estate, the site covers an area of
approximately 0.48 hectares and the freehold is owned by the London Borough of Hammersmith
With the former social homes all empty and the land sitting within the General Fund rather than
the Housing Revenue Account, the Council Cabinet could agree to sell this land to the Department
for Education for the purposes of the Fulham Boys School permanent home very quickly. It may
also be achievable even quicker than the full Cabinet process, by using the provisions for Leader’s
Urgency decision making.
Unlike other sites that have been suggested, this site is currently derelict and unoccupied, with no
existing planning applications or planning permissions and entirely within the Council’s direct
ability to sell, with no complications.
Geographically the site is in south Fulham, easily accessible by bus and train and easily walkable
from a large proportion of SW6 postcodes.
We urge you to give serious consideration to disposing of this site for the school, liaise with the
Governors of the Fulham Boys School as to its suitability and with the Department for Education
on a price.
Your early commitment to making this site available for Fulham Boys School could both enable to
the Department for Education to grant permission for the school to still open in September on the
temporary site and also give the school the permanent home they and local children so
Greg Hands MP Cllr Greg Smith
Member of Parliament for Chelsea & Fulham Leader of the Opposition, H&F Council
Cc: Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education
Mr Alex Wade, Chairman of Governors, Fulham Boys School