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Six sites shortlisted for new secondary school in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

By Helen Kreft

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A SHORTLIST of sites have been drawn up to house a new secondary school in Burton to cope with its growing population, the Mail can reveal.

The news comes after Tatenhill Parish Council expressed concerns in a recent newsletter stating Staffordshire County Council had contacted them about secondary school provision.

The council has made a shortlist of six sites on the outskirts of Burton which may have potential for a nine-hectare school housing 1,500 pupils with a sixth form.

These sites are land to the rear of Bitham Lane and Craythorne Road, land north of Beamhill Road, land south of Henhurst Hill, land west of Hopley Road, land north of Henhurst Hill, and Branston Road, Tatenhill.

The authority stresses it has not contacted any landowners to discuss sites.

However, Tatenhill Parish Council remained concerned and wrote in its newsletter: "We will be meeting with the county council as soon as possible to make very strong objections to the proposed site."

In its draft plan, the council report said: "We find that the demand for secondary school places will begin to exceed supply from 2015/16 and that this trend will continue to rise to a deficit by 2030/31.

"The Infrastructure Delivery Plan suggests that (a school) should be located to the west of Burton."

The plan is in reaction to calls for a secondary school after plans to build more than 2,500 homes were recently granted at various sites around Burton.

Ben Adams, the county council's education chief, said: "The site in Tatenhill is just one of a number of possible sites we are looking at; no decisions have been made about any of the sites and everything is still very much up for discussion.

"When final sites are chosen, we will be actively engage with local residents.

"We know that there will be extensive development in Burton over the next few years and we need to support this with additional school places."

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  • GrahamLamb  |  August 20 2014, 12:38PM

    It is worrying that the county council have raised no objections to all the schemes that have been approved without having a clear plan in place for Secondary schools. These applications would have been allowed on the basis the were sustainable with an understanding children would be walking to School. Its is clear until this is resolved, no further applications should be approved in this part of Burton. We have raised a concern about lack of school places in our objection to the plans to build 425 extra houses in Stretton. Clearly until a site is selected and timelines understood we shouldn't gamble with children's education and we wont be able to understand the impact on travel.

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  • Rolleston Resident  |  August 19 2014, 10:13AM

    So in 12 months time new secondary places are required....... the first public meeting for the new St Modwen's school was held on 23rd June 2011 and it is due to open next month more than 3 years after the first public meeting. The new secondary school will be almost 4 times as big so presumably will take longer to build. Since it was obvious when the need for new primary school places was established that this "need" would also mean new secondary school places would be required why has the county council done nothing yet about building a new secondary school? What is the purpose of the announcement that six sites are being considered? Will grown up thinking be used regarding the road infrastructure around this new school?

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  • From the Ether  |  August 19 2014, 7:16AM

    This will get the NIMBY crowd going.

  • Gothamite  |  August 19 2014, 6:44AM

    Looks like STAG are going to be busy...

  • Porterboy  |  August 18 2014, 9:47PM

    Lets hope that wherever it is located they buy enough land to park all the staff and visitor cars adequately and provide an off road pick up and drop off point for parents to drop the kids off, or else we'll have the same old scenario of complaints from residents about on road parking issues which all the other schools in Burton have been suffering from for years.

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  • Branstonman  |  August 18 2014, 7:35PM

    A school of 1500 pupils (plus staff) is very large and will generate a huge amount of traffic. None of the suggested sites have a road infrastructure which will adequately cope with this proposal. This again re-iterates the need for major road infrastructure to link all the development sites on the west side of Burton. Come on County Councillors, lets get this road planned & built before Burton is condemned to gridlock!

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