Secondary will not open until 2019 at the earliest
Plans for a muchneeded new secondary school have been setback after a planning wrangle.
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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