Decision on school relocation delayed
A£50 million plan to relocate King’s school to a new site is hanging in the balance after council bosses agreed to delay a decision at the eleventh hour.
School bosses had asked planning chiefs to defer their ruling on the proposals after they were recommended for refusal, as reported in last week’s Express. At a six hour planning meeting, a vote to refuse one of the three separate applications, which make up the plan, failed with councillors instead finally agreeing to a defer decisions on all of them.
King’s is now expected to start talks to try to overcome the problems that led to planning officers’ decision to recommend the plans for refusal on the grounds of ‘a lack of affordable housing’, the extra strain that would be put on local schools and the impact on the greenbelt.
But the delay will put the project back by at least a year.
King’s aims to close its sites at Cumberland Street and Fence Avenue and relocate to a new, single site in Prestbury, with the vacated sites being sold for development. ●●
●● Proposals for King’s School ●