Have your say on the proposal to dispose of school playing field land to facilitate the development of the Hillbourne Masterplan
Why propose to dispose of playing field land at Hillbourne Primary School?
Hillbourne is a 420 place primary school that was created in 2006 by amalgamating Hillbourne First School and Hillbourne Middle School. This has resulted in the site being considerably larger than is needed for a 2 form entry primary school, with the school playing field being approximately 3 times the size recommended by the Department for Education and the school being located in 3 separate buildings. The relative size of the site and the separation of the buildings present significant management issues to the school. Together with the school we have invested in the school buildings, but significant investment is required to bring them up to a condition that meets the needs of the school. For these reasons, it is a long term aspiration of the school leadership that Hillbourne Primary School be accommodated in a single building.
The Hillbourne Masterplan
On 13 November 2018, we approved a masterplan for the redevelopment of the Hillbourne Primary School site. The masterplan considered a number of options for addressing the issues affecting the school and concluded that the least disruptive, safest and most cost effective option, that would also bring value to the community as a whole, would be to construct a new 420 place primary school in the centre of the site.
The leadership of Hillbourne Primary School was heavily involved in the compilation of the masterplan and are confident that the recommendations present the best opportunity to improve outcomes for pupils.
Using the Department for Education guidelines for school areas, we have identified the amount of playing field land required by the school and propose to dispose of the surplus land for the development of housing in order to fund the building of the new school. The surplus playing field land would be disposed of under a Section 77 application, where we have to apply for approval from the Secretary of State. All of the money generated by this disposal would be invested in the construction of the school building and sports facilities.
The designs of the proposed new school building and external areas in the masterplan allocate a playing field area in excess of the recommended minimum size. A formal football pitch that meets Sport England requirements and a floodlit multi-use games area are proposed, that we consider would be a significant improvement on the school’s current sports facilities.
As part of the scheme, the existing Waterloo Youth Centre building would be demolished, following the completion of the new school building. Twin Oaks Pre-school would be accommodated in a purpose built pre-school attached to the school building. It proposed that a positive activity offer for young people would be operated out of the new school building.
During construction of the new school, the existing buildings would remain in operation and once the new school is open, the existing buildings would be demolished. A playing field would be available throughout the construction process and a safe walking route would be established between the 2 existing school buildings.
As part of this process we are consulting with:
- Hillbourne Primary School
- Waterloo Youth Centre
- Twin Oaks Pre-school
- parents and carers of pupils at Hillbourne Primary School
- parents and carers of children at Twin Oaks Pre-school
- the local community
- local secondary schools
- anyone else who has an interest in this issue
Feedback to the consultation will be summarised as part of the Section 77 application.
You can give your views using our online form.
Please refer to the cabinet report if you would like additional details on this scheme.
If you would like a paper copy of the consultation document, please contact Jason Moors on 01202 633091 or email@example.com.
Please note that this consultation is related to the disposal of school playing field land and not the proposed design proposals for the school and the housing. A separate consultation would be undertaken by planning and regeneration when a planning application is received should the playing field land be disposed for development.
Come to a drop-in information session
You are also invited to attend an informal drop-in information session to view the current proposals. This is an opportunity to speak with school governors, ward councillors, the headteacher and council officers about the proposals and to give your feedback.
On: 6 December 2018
Between: 3.30pm and 6.30pm
At: Hillbourne Primary School
The deadline for consultation responses is midnight Friday 4 January 2019.
Page last updated: 21 November 2018