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Parents pleased as school flats plan is put on hold

The Argus: Parents pleased as school flats plan is put on hold Parents pleased as school flats plan is put on hold

Parents have breathed a sigh of relief after controversial plans for 20 flats outside a school were put on hold.

Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee deferred a decision on the proposals to regenerate the Jolly Brewers pub in Clifton Road, Worthing.

Committee members cited “insufficient information submitted about the sustainability of the proposed building” behind the postponement decision and have requested further information.

Parents and children protested outside the meeting over the plans to build the flats so close to Heene First School.

Objectors say the plans would restrict play space options for the school and mean extra classrooms would have to be built on the school’s current play area.

Campaigner Alan McKinney said: “The good thing about the decision is that we will have a bit more time to regroup and assess our options.

“We are going to get a petition together to try and speak at the next county council meeting and lobby education member Jeremy Hunt directly.

“We all thought it would get approved on Wednesday night so it was a slight shock it wasn’t.” It is expected the decision will now go back before the committee again on July 23.

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3:56pm Sat 28 Jun 14

fredaj says...

What on earth has it got to do with a school if a pub, yes a PUB, gets converted into housing in their locality?
What on earth has it got to do with a school if a pub, yes a PUB, gets converted into housing in their locality? fredaj
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6:59pm Sat 28 Jun 14

John Steed says...

basically its nothing to do with the school or the parents, however the school needs more room and if the education authority purchased the site the school could expand, how ever they have shown no inclination to do that. objectors claiming this that and the other, restricting play space etc is just tosh, the school would have exactly the same amount of space as before.
basically its nothing to do with the school or the parents, however the school needs more room and if the education authority purchased the site the school could expand, how ever they have shown no inclination to do that. objectors claiming this that and the other, restricting play space etc is just tosh, the school would have exactly the same amount of space as before. John Steed
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12:12am Sun 29 Jun 14

fredaj says...

John Steed wrote:
basically its nothing to do with the school or the parents, however the school needs more room and if the education authority purchased the site the school could expand, how ever they have shown no inclination to do that. objectors claiming this that and the other, restricting play space etc is just tosh, the school would have exactly the same amount of space as before.
Thanks for that insight.
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: basically its nothing to do with the school or the parents, however the school needs more room and if the education authority purchased the site the school could expand, how ever they have shown no inclination to do that. objectors claiming this that and the other, restricting play space etc is just tosh, the school would have exactly the same amount of space as before.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that insight. fredaj
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9:09am Sun 29 Jun 14

Lisaottway says...

fredaj wrote:
John Steed wrote:
basically its nothing to do with the school or the parents, however the school needs more room and if the education authority purchased the site the school could expand, how ever they have shown no inclination to do that. objectors claiming this that and the other, restricting play space etc is just tosh, the school would have exactly the same amount of space as before.
Thanks for that insight.
The school needs more room to expand as WSCC have decided to make it a Primary instead of a first school meaning the capacity of the school will increase by 60 plus the age range will increase from 4-8 to 4-11. Not only this but the school will be changing from a 90 intake to a 60 intake increasing the pressure on school places in Worthing town centre. As well as jointly trying to stop the planning going ahead (20 flats could potentially add more children into the catchment, pushing others out) we are pressuring WSCC into buying the land so that the school doesn't lose it's playground to accommodate new classrooms, hall, toilets and kitchens. We know plenty of people who have have not been able to get their children into Heene while it has been a 90 intake and have instead had to take their children 3 miles away to a school that has places. Imagine what will happen when the intake is reduced by 30 and more and more flats are built in the catchment - where does that leave the children? Buying this land could mean the school could stay at a 90 intake and would allow all the children in the town centre to go to the school within their catchment, meaning less cars on the road, which can only be a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: basically its nothing to do with the school or the parents, however the school needs more room and if the education authority purchased the site the school could expand, how ever they have shown no inclination to do that. objectors claiming this that and the other, restricting play space etc is just tosh, the school would have exactly the same amount of space as before.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that insight.[/p][/quote]The school needs more room to expand as WSCC have decided to make it a Primary instead of a first school meaning the capacity of the school will increase by 60 plus the age range will increase from 4-8 to 4-11. Not only this but the school will be changing from a 90 intake to a 60 intake increasing the pressure on school places in Worthing town centre. As well as jointly trying to stop the planning going ahead (20 flats could potentially add more children into the catchment, pushing others out) we are pressuring WSCC into buying the land so that the school doesn't lose it's playground to accommodate new classrooms, hall, toilets and kitchens. We know plenty of people who have have not been able to get their children into Heene while it has been a 90 intake and have instead had to take their children 3 miles away to a school that has places. Imagine what will happen when the intake is reduced by 30 and more and more flats are built in the catchment - where does that leave the children? Buying this land could mean the school could stay at a 90 intake and would allow all the children in the town centre to go to the school within their catchment, meaning less cars on the road, which can only be a good thing. Lisaottway
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