Sec­ondary will not open un­til 2019 at the ear­li­est

Plans for a much­needed new sec­ondary school have been set­back after a plan­ning wran­gle.

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Natalie Tip­ping ntip­ping@thek­m­ @ntip­pingKM

It was hoped the new Maid­stone School of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy would be open by last month and then by next year.

But the team be­hind it have this week re­vealed the ear­li­est it will be up and run­ning is 2019.

The multi-mil­lion pound com­plex, on play­ing fields cur­rently used by Val­ley Park and In­victa schools off New Cut Road, would cater for 1,200 chil­dren.

Ed­u­ca­tion bosses at Kent County Coun­cil have fore­cast there will be sig­nif­i­cant deficit in school places by next Septem­ber.

The Val­ley In­victa Acad­e­mies Trust, which is be­hind the plan, was ini­tially granted per­mis­sion by the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion in 2014, but it needs plan­ning ap­proval be­fore work can be­gin.

How­ever, be­fore Maid­stone coun­cil had de­lib­er­ated, the de­ci­sion was taken out of its hands and will in­stead be made by Sec­re­tary of State for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Govern­ment Sa­jid Javid.

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