New schools pre-application consultation - Uplands Farm Estate and Boorley Park
Proposals to build a new 7 form entry secondary school (1,050 places) on land at Uplands Farm Estate, Hedge End and a new 2 form entry primary school (420 places) at Boorley Park, Botley.
Hampshire County Council, in partnership with Wildern Academy Trust and the Department for Education, wish to consult with you ahead of the proposals to submit planning applications for new schools in the local area. These are:
i) A new 7 form entry secondary school, on land at Uplands Farm Estate, Hedge End, as part of a wider development proposal.
ii) A new 2 form entry primary school on Boorley Park, Botley.
Therefore, we would now like to invite you to a drop in session on 18 December 2017 at Wildern School, Wildern Lane, Hedge End between 4pm and 7pm when Hampshire County Council officers and members of the Wildern Academy Trust will be available to discuss specifically the school proposals in more detail. Wildern Academy Trust has been approved by the Department of Education as sponsor for both schools.
The proposed new secondary school would allow the capacity for up to 210 places for Year 7 (age 11+) from September 2020, subsequently growing to 1050 pupils across five year groups.
The proposed new primary school would allow the capacity for up to 60 places for Year R (age 4+) from September 2019, subsequently growing to 420 pupils across seven year groups.
In September/October 2017, stakeholders and members of the public were invited to provide their views to help shape outline proposals for new homes, a secondary school and community facilities on the Uplands Farm Estate which consists of two sites primarily owned by Hampshire County Council: west of Woodhouse Lane in Hedge End and north of Winchester Street in Botley. These sites have been identified for future housing development in Eastleigh Borough Council’s emerging Local Plan. Hampshire County Council is responding directly to a request from Eastleigh Borough Council to bring forward these sites for development as part of its Local Plan review to meet local housing need.
The feedback from the September/October 2017 consultation has been reviewed and, along with studies and surveys being undertaken, is helping inform the final outline masterplans for the Uplands Farm Estate sites and the detailed proposal for the new secondary school. A response to key issues raised will be provided through a Consultation Report and submitted as supporting documentation for the planning applications that are due to be submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council by spring 2018.
The provision of a new 2FE Primary School (420 capacity) formed part of the Boorley Park development (1400 new homes) which was granted outline planning permission in 2013.
While this pre-planning event will provide you with an opportunity to look at the plans for both new schools and discuss the proposal directly with officers, you are also able to view the school plans and comment on them via this link http://consultations.hants.gov.uk/ from 18 December 2017 and via the Wildern Academy Schools website from the same date.
If you would like to comment on the new school proposals, please write to Mark Saunders, Strategic Development Officer, Children’s Services Department, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UG or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2018. You will of course have a further opportunity to comment on the school proposals as part of the formal planning process conducted by Eastleigh Borough Council. However further notification will be from Eastleigh Borough Council via notices, letters and press notices to residents in line with statutory planning guidance. Residents are therefore advised to monitor the Eastleigh Borough Council Planning portal from February 2018 for further information.
The County Council has a statutory duty to provide school places and is committed to creating them in partnership with Wildern Academy Trust where they are most needed to meet local demand.