I am always surprising about which issues attract attention and which do not. A few days ago, I pointed out that plans were afoot in Brent for a new free school. Although free schools are with good reason controversial, this seems to have attracted little attention. This is obviously suited to the government's agenda, which tries to refuse even basic information, but not that of anyone who dislikes the fragmentation of education in England.
Thanks to the way Michael Gove and Sarah Teather designed the free school legislation, it is much hard to object to a free school through the Planning system than it would be normally. However, especially if the owner of the site can be identified, it would be possible to bring pressure either not to sell the site (as happened when Michaela was trying to move into the old Brent Town Hall), or to impose conditions in the way that Brent Council had agreed at a previous Executive, but ignored with the Copland School conversion.