Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are you proposing?

We are proposing to provide a new special educational needs school on the site of the now closed Woodside School. The new school will be known as Cornerstone School and will cater for pupils with complex social, emotional and mental health needs.

Who makes the decision on the application?

The London Borough of Bexley’s planning team will analyse all the application documents and plans that will be submitted as part of the application. All these will be available to view on the council’s website once the application has been submitted.

The summary of their analysis will be presented to a group of elected councillors – the planning committee. At a meeting open to the public, they will hear a summary of the application from the planning officers and will also hear from supporters and objectors. They will then decide whether or not the application should be approved.

The meeting will either be online or in person depending on the situation at the time.

Will construction be noisy?

Modern construction methods tend to be less noisy than in the past. Whilst there will inevitably be some disturbance, the hours of operation will be limited by the London Borough of Bexley to 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

The selected contractor will be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

I am unable to make the online Q&A sessions. Will there be an opportunity to view them at a later date?

Yes, the online Q&A sessions will be made available on this website 48 hours after the final event.

Are there any other ways I can have my say on the proposals?

Yes, please call our freephone number 0800 955 1042 between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday. You can also email us at [email protected] or write to our freepost address Freepost RTXU-JGSR-KHLE, Your Shout, 28 China Works, SE1 7SJ. The London Borough of Bexley will also hold their own statutory consultation, following the submission of a planning application.