By Leon Symons, March 18, 2010
Hackney's Charedi community is to renew its efforts to buy the old Skinners' School after councillors rejected a home-building plan for the site.
The planning sub-committee voted 5-4 against Berkeley Homes' proposal to knock down the school and build luxury homes. The decision was greeted with delight by local Charedim who packed the public gallery.
Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities maintain that the site should remain in educational use.