Consultation night seeks views on King’s proposals
THE TOWN council is hosting a public consultation on plans for a new King’s School.
King’s School has submitted three major planning applications to allow it to build a new school on 70 acres of green belt next to its Derby Playing Fields at Prestbury.
It cannot pay for the new school without selling off its current sites at Fence Avenue and Cumberland Street. So as well as the application for the new school, there is an application for up to 300 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.
Residents have objected because the plans encroach on the green belt. Macclesfield Town Council has organised a public consultation to see the strength of people’s views.
Coun Alift Harewood, deputy town mayor, said: “We’re holding a consultation because it was decided that it’s important to hear the view of residents to help us form our recommendation to the planning committee.
“It’s our duty to listen to the residents.
“This is a major application involving three important sites in the town. There’s a dilemma here. It involves building on the green belt but Macclesfield needs new homes. The dilemma is finding land elsewhere for them to go.”
Dr Simon Hyde, headteacher, has sent letters to parents encouraging them to support the applications, saying the new school would bring significant economic benefits to Macclesfield. He said: “The school has been invited to the consultation and given its long association with Macclesfield wishes to emphasise its contribution to the local economy and the benefits of both the proposed development and the school’s continuing presence in town. Similar presentations have already been made to Prestbury Parish Council and other institutions.
“We wish to provide an update for residents on the modifications made to the proposals in the light of the consultations in July.”
The consultation is today (Wednesday, January 6) at Macclesfield Town Hall.
It starts at 6pm to review the proposals and provide feedback. At 7pm the chairman of the planning committee will invite comments at an open forum. To speak, contact 01625 374142 or email email@example.com.
Owing to the Christmas holiday and the volume of material associated with the three applications, the deadline for comments has been extended to Sunday, January 24.
●● An artist’s impression of King’s School’s planned new school at Derby Fields, Prestbury