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Hopes dashed for single-site school in Rolleston

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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HOPES for a single-site primary school on land in Rolleston have been dashed, after it was revealed there were now no plans to build on the proposed site.

Staffordshire County Council had mooted the idea of relocating John of Rolleston Primary School to land between Knowles Hill and Anslow Lane in the village, as part of a larger housing development proposed for the site.

However, the authority has now confirmed it will not be developing the land, and the much-needed school is no longer an option.

At the latest meeting of Rolleston Parish Council, Councillor Bob Fraser said: “Rolleston needs a single school, but the county council has no money. When we were initially thinking about it, we thought there would be money from the builders. There isn’t that now, as the council is not planning to build on that land, so we can’t do it.”

The current John of Rolleston Primary School is split over two sites, on School Lane and Chapel Lane. The situation has previously been described as ‘not ideal’.Plans to build on the land between Knowles Hill and Anslow Lane surfaced last year, to a mixed reaction from residents. Some people said they did not want to see development on land which was traditionally used for agriculture.

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said the idea had now been cast aside because the authority believed it was unlikely to be granted permission.

Councillor Ben Adams, added: “We had proposed the site for housing and to potentially relocate the school.. East Staffordshire Borough Council now has its five year housing supply and planners have said they cannot support this as a housing development should any application be submitted. Furthermore, the Rolleston Neighbourhood Plan is now quite well advanced and proposes very little new housing in Rolleston.”

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