De­ci­sion on school re­lo­ca­tion de­layed

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - Stu­Art Greer

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 ●

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