Plans for London boarding school in Sussex countryside rejected

The Argus: Plans for London boarding school in Sussex countryside rejected Plans for London boarding school in Sussex countryside rejected

A proposed £22m boarding school for pupils from inner-city London has been rejected.

The South Downs National Park Authority rejected plans for the proposed 375-pupil Durand Academy in Stedham because it was too big and its impact on the landscape would be "inappropriate".

The 20-acre site was previously used by the 100-pupil St Cuthman's School but the building is now empty after the school closed in 2004.

The Durand Academy said the decision was “deeply disappointing and misplaced”.

The academy, which runs a primary school in South London, wanted to offer secondary places next year in the first scheme of its kind in England.

It was planned that students would travel from London to Stedham by bus on Monday mornings and return to the capital on Friday afternoons.

The Department for Education had already pledged £17.34m for the school with the Durand Education Trust, which owns the site, providing a further £5m.

The announcement of the plans earlier this year sparked a racism row after local councillor John Cherry made controversial comments about Pakistani children and was later forced to resign from his local Conservative party.

The committee said the scale of the development was out-of keeping with what the site had previously been used for although the trust said they had made concessions to lower the height of buildings and reduce student numbers from 600 to 375.

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11:26am Fri 13 Dec 13

whoee! says...

Phew...thank god for that
Phew...thank god for that whoee!

1:41pm Fri 13 Dec 13

juleshove says...

Good, we don't want trouble makers from south London in Sussex. Open a new school in south London instead
Good, we don't want trouble makers from south London in Sussex. Open a new school in south London instead juleshove

5:54pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Roundbill says...

Good grief, Councillor Cherry's racist groupies get in there quickly, don't they?
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Good grief, Councillor Cherry's racist groupies get in there quickly, don't they? http://tinyurl.com/o xm985g Roundbill

6:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

whoee! says...

juleshove wrote:
Good, we don't want trouble makers from south London in Sussex. Open a new school in south London instead
Quite right there's enough hill billy scumbags in Sussex as it is
[quote][p][bold]juleshove[/bold] wrote: Good, we don't want trouble makers from south London in Sussex. Open a new school in south London instead[/p][/quote]Quite right there's enough hill billy scumbags in Sussex as it is whoee!

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