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The BBC are reporting a row in Lewisham over plans a new Academy (as the City Academies are now called) on the site of existing primary school. That should be good news as generally the Academies have pushed up standards. It is to run by a City Livery company called Leathersellers which sounds encouraging. It will be for pupils aged three to 16 – unlike the other Academies which are purely secondary schools.

One snag seems to be that English Heritage have listed the Victorian building. But why can't the existing building be adapted? Lewisham's Labour Mayor Sir Steve Bullock is raging away about "somebody's fancy for Edwardian sinks, butterfly design and tiling." But I suspect that problem is the ideological hostility to old buildings of the planners and architects. Also their vested interests. Have they really looked imaginatively at using the existing building? Or is it that their hearts beat faster at the grand, exciting, expensive alternative of reducing it to dust and creating an ugly new building instead? 

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