King’s School plans re­vealed

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE King’s School has re­vealed de­tails of three ma­jor sets of plans to al­low it to cre­ate a new sin­gle-site school.

The in­de­pen­dent school, which cur­rently oc­cu­pies two sites in the town but wants to move to a sin­gle site in Prest­bury, has pub­lished im­ages of its pro­pos­als which will go on dis­play at public ex­hi­bi­tions as part of a con­sul­ta­tion.

The three sets of plans need to hap­pen to­gether to al­low the school to achieve its aim of a build­ing a new school by 2020.

It wants to close the cur­rent sites at Fence Av­enue and Cum­ber­land Street and bring to­gether its 1,250 pupils at a new £50mil­lion school on 70 acres of green belt next to its Derby Play­ing Fields at Prest­bury.

The school needs to sell off Fence Av­enue and Cum­ber­land Street to play for the build, so has also drawn up out­line plans for new homes at the two sites. These in­clude up to 275 homes at Fence Av­enue and up to 150 at the Cum­ber­land Street site, on the Westminster Road play­ing fields which form part of the cam­pus.

The plans come de­spite con­cerns among res­i­dents over the en­croach­ment into the green belt.

Neigh­bours at Fence Av­enue formed a cam­paign group against the plans when the site was first ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment in the Lo­cal Plan in 2012.

But bosses at King’s School say the sites are sus­tain­able and will help meet de­mand for hous­ing.

They will con­tinue a se­ries of public ex­hi­bi­tions on the pre-ap­pli­ca­tion plans this week be­fore sub­mit­ting a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

Dr Hyde, head­teacher, said: “All feed­back will be an­a­lysed to iden­tify com­mon is­sues or con­cerns. These will be in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther and, where pos­si­ble, will in­flu­ence the fi­nal plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We hope to make a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion over the sum­mer and re­ceive a de­ci­sion from Cheshire East Coun­cil be­fore the end of the year. Af­ter that the school hopes to be able to make a start on site at Derby Fields as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The school is also con­sult­ing on what should hap­pen to the old build­ings at Cum­ber­land Street when the site closes.

The ex­hi­bi­tions are at Cum­ber­land Street to­day (Wed­nes­day), Fence Av­enue on Thurs­day, and Derby Fields Pav­il­ion, Alder­ley Road on Wed­nes­day, July 22, from 12.30pm to 7pm.

View the plans and give feed­back at kings­macde­vel­op­ or email fu­ture­plans@ kings­mac. The dead­line for feed­back is Wed­nes­day, July 29.

●● A plan­ning doc­u­ment show­ing how the new homes could be built on the Cum­ber­land Street site, which will be sold off to de­vel­op­ers.

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the new ju­nior school at Derby Fields, Prest­bury would look

●● A plan­ning doc­u­ment show­ing how the Derby Fields site would be de­vel­oped

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed se­nior school build­ing

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