Shortlands school plans approved

Published Friday, 7 November 2014

A planning application for a two form entry school in Mays Hill Road, Shortlands was approved last night.

The application to demolish Kingswood House and erect a two storey building with parking and landscaping was submitted on behalf of The Harris Foundation. The new Free School will provide 420 school places.

Councillor Richard Scoates, Chairman of Plans Sub-Committee said, “We recognise that this was an application with great public interest, with much merit to points raised by the applicant and by local residents. Clearly, parking and traffic generation are major concerns to local residents. However, these concerns can be kept to a minimum by the various planning conditions attached to the permission, along with the school and parents' continual cooperation with local residents."

The Kingswood House site is a vacant brownfield site currently and has been assessed by the Education Funding Agency as part of their site selection process. 


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