Meeting to discuss new primary school plans

Gazette: Meeting to discuss new primary school plans Meeting to discuss new primary school plans

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new £5million primary school in north Colchester will be examined by the borough council’s planning committee next Thursday, July 10.

Essex County Council wants to start building the 420-place Braiswick New Academy this summer on nine acres of land it owns.

But the proposals have already attracted strong opposition from two groups of residents, who claim their lives would be blighted by the development.

Access to the school would be via Apprentice Drive, on the New Braiswick Park estate, and traffic would leave via Fernlea, a cul-de-sac off Bergholt Road.

The access road will only be open during the school run and would be controlled by barriers to prevent other traffic using it as a through route.

The school, sponsored by the Learning Pathways Trust, is scheduled to open in September 2015 and would create 52 full time jobs.

The two-storey building would have 14 classrooms, a library, group rooms, a hall, a kitchen and staff and administration accommodation.

Funding for the project includes £4.2million from the Government and £800,000 from the county council.

A borough planning officer has recommended its councillors back the plans when they are discussed next week.

However, the councillors would be entitled to declare if they feel the plans are unacceptable or can ask the county council to amend them.

The planning committee meeting will take place at Colchester Town Hall at 6pm.

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8:33am Thu 3 Jul 14

eponymous coward says...

A school rejected by 77% of the local population, built in the wrong place and forced through via a flawed process breaching many local, regional and national planning laws. Also, interestingly, Essex County Council have deliberately reduced a covenant on this land to ensure that they can avoid paying any money to the charities that used to own it.
Anyone, be it resident, politician or civil servant would reject this plan as the corrupt design it is.
A school rejected by 77% of the local population, built in the wrong place and forced through via a flawed process breaching many local, regional and national planning laws. Also, interestingly, Essex County Council have deliberately reduced a covenant on this land to ensure that they can avoid paying any money to the charities that used to own it. Anyone, be it resident, politician or civil servant would reject this plan as the corrupt design it is. eponymous coward
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8:09am Mon 7 Jul 14

mwiddy57 says...

This application is a farce and Council Officials are being blinded by the desire to spend a £4.2m grant from central government. It puts a school in the wrong place because its the only piece of land they have in their control before the deadline to use the grant expires. The Northern Growth Area of the town is where new schools are required but that won't happen until after the deadline. The proposal to knock a road through to Fernlea is an abomination and against a whole series of Borough, County and National Planning Policies as well as the Essex Design Guide but this is being ignored as inconvenient. Residents are fighting this with everything they've got and will be releasing documents obtained through FOI requests to expose the hidden agendas behind this proposal.
This application is a farce and Council Officials are being blinded by the desire to spend a £4.2m grant from central government. It puts a school in the wrong place because its the only piece of land they have in their control before the deadline to use the grant expires. The Northern Growth Area of the town is where new schools are required but that won't happen until after the deadline. The proposal to knock a road through to Fernlea is an abomination and against a whole series of Borough, County and National Planning Policies as well as the Essex Design Guide but this is being ignored as inconvenient. Residents are fighting this with everything they've got and will be releasing documents obtained through FOI requests to expose the hidden agendas behind this proposal. mwiddy57
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