A three week public consultation exercise begins today on controversial plans to build a new primary school and nursery on the site of Cavendish School.
Whether to grant permission for the new two form entry school and 38 place nursery will be decided by East Sussex County Council’s planning committee.
As part of the planning process, members of the public will be able to comment on the application and raise any issues and these will be taken into account when the planning committee considers the proposals.
The need for additional school places in the area was highlighted by a School Organisation Plan, which looks at data from sources to predict demand for school places in the county. The data identified a permanent shortfall of primary school places in Eastbourne lasting up to a decade and to cope with the estimated shortfall, the county council has drawn up plans for the new school which will form part of the existing Cavendish School and will be run by the same academy trust.
“It is important that, where a demand for school places is identified, we act as quickly as possible to ensure that no child is left without a school place in East Sussex,” said Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness.
“In some cases a temporary classroom is enough to cope with a short-term demand, but in cases like Eastbourne we need to come up with a more permanent solution.”
The plans for the new school have been drawn up in consultation with the community and in conjunction with the highways department. The planning process will allow members of the public another chance to comment on the proposals, along with other relevant organisations and agencies. All comments will be taken into account when a decision is made.
If approval is given, work on the new school could start in February 2015, with places available from September 2015. The planning application is available to view and comment on at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/planningapplications