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Questions over money for teaching

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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CONCERNS regarding school funding have been raised for the second time during a meeting.

Despite plans for 41 homes being approved in Scropton Road, Hatton, Derbyshire County Council has not required any financial contribution for its schools as it claims the number of pupils can already be accommodated.

Members of South Derbyshire District Council’s planning committee brought up a similar argument to that of their other approved plan in Woodville, suggesting the education authority should think about money for school facilities rather than pupil numbers.

The Radleigh Group and Rolls Royce applied for permission to build the homes on the former Clayton Engineering Works, in Scropton Road, Hatton.

The original scheme was refused in 2008 due to noise impact and developers then came up with a new scheme.

The council heard that nearby residents were happy with the new plans and complaints had previously been made about the derelict land and the detrimental impact it has.

The county council has requested financial contributions, from the developers, towards improvement of the waste recycling centre, in Newhall and Etwall Library amounting to £1,173.83 and £14,760 respectively.

And developers have made a total offer of £50,000 which could be put towards traffic calming.

Councillors were also told at the meeting that the county council said ‘no other contributions are required for schools as the predicated roles at the primary and secondary schools show that children from the site could be accommodated on the respective education sites.’

Councillor Lisa Brown, committee vice chairman, said: “Heathfield primary and John Port schools are crying out for facilities and yet they won’t get anything from this. It beggars belief.”

An informative was also to be made to developers to request that sprinklers are installed in the homes.

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