The College have submitted a planning application to Westminster council to allow them to place buildings on the Queen's Lawn. In a letter accompanying the application, Emma Morton from the College Estates departments says "In order for the college to fulfil its ambitious development programme over the next 2 years, additional space is needed".
The planning application, which has so far cost the college in excess of £9,010 in fees, will require the removal of a tree that was planted in memory of a student, and impact on the already limited light to the library. It seems little consideration has been given for the eye-soar that this will provide in the college?s centenary year, and the impact on important events such as the Summer Ball and Fresher?s Fair, that use the space that the buildings will be placed on.
There will also be an impact to union activities, such as the Croquet society who regularly use the lawn for their core activity, and the annual C&G Egg Race. It is not known whether the union have been consulted on this proposal, but it is possible given the current climate at ICU that it may have been bought up at one of the closed session Executive meetings. The lack of planning notices that have to be displayed by law during the consultation process, was also highlighted by one student Live! spoke to this week about the proposal.
It is not known why car parking spaces cannot be used to house these buildings, but it may be because they are currently a good money spinner for the college, that will help fund their unwanted Wye Mega Science and Housing Park, the planned new Exhibition Road entrance, or even the proposed new Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering frontage next to the Tanaka Business School.