Decision on Seaford school’s expansion deferred

County Hall Lewes, East Sussex County Council HQ SUS-150925-134850001

County Hall Lewes, East Sussex County Council HQ SUS-150925-134850001

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A decision on plans to expand a Seaford primary school have been deferred by the county council.

Proposals would see the capacity of Cradle Hill Community Primary School grow from the current 420 places to 630 from September 2017.

A decision was deferred until next week by East Sussex County Council’s lead member for education and inclusion, special educational needs and disability at a meeting on Monday (June 13).

This is so that the lead member could receive more information on a petition submitted by residents back in March, before a further meeting scheduled for next Friday (June 24).

An updated officers’ report for the Friday meeting explained that 84 people signed a petition opposing the school’s expansion until the county council holds an open consultation, allows residents to see and comment on plans, as well as ensuring that no expansion is undertaken until a robust and sustainable traffic management and parking plan is in place.

A letter from Stuart Gallimore, director of children’s services, to the lead petitioner explained that a consultation was held in January and February, plans would be available when an application was submitted, while sustainable traffic management and parking plans were ‘standard practice’ for school expansion projects.

Meanwhile a public information event was held at the school in mid-April and was attended by more than 120 people.

An officers’ report explains that the emerging Lewes District Local Plan Joint Core Strategy allocates around 600 new homes in the town up to 2030.

Cradle Hill is described as a ‘popular school which has regularly been oversubscribed in recent years’, with 94 per cent of children attending the school living in the town.

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