Construction and Infrastructure
Secretary of State gives go-ahead for new £30m Gloucestershire school
Planning experts Evans Jones is celebrating after a decision by the Secretary of State has given the go ahead for a new school in the county.
The announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that it will allow the proposals to proceed following the approval at planning committee effectively waves the project through.
Evans Jones submitted the application – for a new secondary school at Farm Lane, Leckhampton - on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council and saw it approved at Planning Committee in May.
David Jones, head of planning at Evans Jones, which has its head offices in Royal Mews, Cheltenham, said: "This is a significant step forward in progressing the project to the next stage. As a team we have worked tirelessly on the proposals and it is exciting to see them reach this stage today. We look forward to the next stages and delivering a fantastic new school for Cheltenham."
The new school, a £30 million investment, will provide school places for 900 pupils and is expected to open in September 2022, with pupils being housed in temporary accommodation from September 2021.
It is understood the Secretary of State considered third-party requests to call in the application, but according to Evans Jones the new policy “makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively and that the Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues, and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible”.
“The Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application. He is content that it should be determined by the local planning authority. The project will now enter the development phase, with Kier Construction as lead contractor,” said a statement from Evans Jones.
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