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Councillor calls for the terms of section 106 agreements to be reviewed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

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A DISTRICT councillor says that he will continue to push for a review into the section 106 agreements made between the council and housing developers, as parents continue struggle to get their children into their first choice schools.

Ben Stuart, who represents Church Gresley ward at South Derbyshire District Council, says that he has been aware for some time of the shortage of schools within the area. The issue was brought to the Mail’s attention after it was contacted by a parent who was unable to get her child into Church Gresley Infant’s School.

Mr Stuart says that the current figures laid out in the section 106 agreement are ‘antiquated’ and should be reviewed to make sure that schools do not become overcrowded and that there is enough provision to cater for families moving into new housing developments in South Derbyshire.

He added that a lack of school places is not just a ‘big problem’ within the district, but is one that exists throughout the UK, having noticed people living in Reading raising similar concerns to the local authority.

He told the Mail: “You’re not just talking about extra provisions being put in place, but in some cases an entirely new building as well. It’s almost becoming a taboo subject.

“I saw it raised on Question Time a while ago and David Dimbleby seemed to gloss over it and move the discussion on. I know in other places people blame immigration, but we don’t have that problem in South Derbyshire so it isn’t an excuse.”

However a spokesman for the admissions department at Derbyshire County Council said that parents are likely to be given their first choice school if they live within the catchment area and complete the application process on time.

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