Re­lo­ca­tion plans are ‘on­lyl op­tion’i ’ for the school’s fu­ture in the town

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

THE HEAD­TEACHER at King’s School has said its re­lo­ca­tion plans are the only op­tion for a fu­ture in Mac­cles­field.

Res­i­dents were in­vited to public con­sul­ta­tions at the school this week to learn more about the three sets of plans to al­low the school to move to a new sin­gle-site school by 2020. It wants to close its sites at Fence Av­enue and Cum­ber­land Street and sell them off for hous­ing and build a new school on a 70 acre green belt site next to its Derby Play­ing Fields at Prest­bury.

Res­i­dents have com­plained about the en­croach­ment into the green belt.

But Si­mon Hyde, head­teacher, who met visi­tors at the con­sul­ta­tions this week, said this is the only so­lu­tion.

He told the Ex­press: “The new school would only take up five per cent of the green belt site, so it would pro­tect the rest from hous­ing.

“We have to ac­cept we need more hous­ing, it must make sense to put its close to the town cen­tre, in a sus­tain­able lo­ca­tion where peo­ple can help re­gen­er­ate busi­nesses in Mac­cles­field.

“We’ve had in­de­pen­dent assess­ments and the school is worth £12mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy and pro­vides 450 jobs, both di­rect and knock-on.

“We want to keep our links to Mac­cles­field and have looked for other op­tions but this is it un­less we want to move away. “There is no brown­field site big enough for us. We ei­ther move away from Mac­cles­field or into the green belt.”

The plans for Derby Fields in­clude a new sports hall, sports pitches and pav­il­ion, drama stu­dio and mu­sic recital room. There will be a two-way ac­cess and junction im­prove­ments on Alder­ley Road.

The plan for Cum­ber­land Street is for up to 150 homes on the Westminster Road part of the cam­pus, with no plan for the his­toric build­ings yet. At Fence Av­enue there would 275 homes spread across the whole site. This in­cludes an area ear­marked as ‘pro­tected open space’ in the coun­cil’s Lo­cal Plan which is still be­ing fi­nalised.

Dr Hyde said: “We could cram houses in but we want a more open site. The Lo­cal Plan isn’t de­cided but we need to carry on with our plans. This has been our vi­sion for more than a decade.”

The last ex­hi­bi­tion is at Derby Fields Pav­il­ion to­day (Wed­nes­day), 12.30pm to 7pm, be­fore a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion later this year. Visit kings­macde­vel­op­ments. co.uk.

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