Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

Essex County Council deals blow to Honywood School homes plans for Coggeshall

PUBLISHED: 10:03 11 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:03 11 November 2014

Deputy Head Mark Williams holds plans for Honywood Community Science School along with students, who are hoping to find investors to develop the Coggeshall school.

Deputy Head Mark Williams holds plans for Honywood Community Science School along with students, who are hoping to find investors to develop the Coggeshall school.

Archant

Plans to relocate an Essex secondary school and create a housing development have been dealt a blow by County Hall.

Honywood Community Science School, in Coggeshall, had put together proposals with the nearby Marks Hall Estate to create a new school building on estate land at the edge of the village.

The plans included around 300 homes and commercial development on the existing school site and a footbridge over the A120 to new school playing fields, in a move which would provide modern education facilities and income for Marks Hall.

They had been opposed by the Coggeshall Community Action Group.

Essex County Council owns the existing school site and would need to give permission for the academy to take part in the scheme.

However Ray Gooding, county councillor for education, backed a report by officers against the scheme with concerns over its financial viability and the availability of primary school places needed for the new homes.

Headteacher Simon Mason said: “It is very disappointing to see county councillors are not prepared, at this stage, to support our ambitions to improve facilities for our young people’s learning.

“This set back does not prevent an application for planning consent which would be considered by a different group of people, and the work that would go into such an application may well address the current concerns of county councillors.

“However, the school cannot fund such an application which could cost £200,000 or more. Prior to this disappointing news we had found an investor who was willing to fund the application. We are now waiting to see whether this can continue in light of the council’s decision.

“If like us you are unhappy with ECC we’d like to hear from you. Email the school at newbuild@honywoodschool.com and we will package up all your emails and present these to councillor Ray Gooding who holds the education portfolio.”

A spokesman for Marks Hall said: “The trustees have been made aware of the recent decision by ECC not to support the Honywood Project at this stage.

“Trustees are meeting to discuss this recent development.”

Witham MP Priti Patel said: “This will come as a tremendous relief to campaigners who are concerned about the over-development of the site.

“Honywood is a good school and we all understand their reasons for wanting to improve their site. But everyone will now need to reflect and explore all options to see how the school can best achieve their ambitions in a way which is viable and sustainable for Coggeshall.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

What a phenomenal concert. From the performance, the outfits and the atmosphere, Little Mix at Newmarket Nights on Friday, June 23, were fantastic.

Lavinia Akyurt, 42, of Hartlepool at the time of the offences, now of Southsea, Hampshire, smuggled cigarettes and tobacco into the UK through London Stansted, Durham Tees Valley, and Gatwick airports.

Former Colchester Academy student Kyle Collier has been put in a medically induced coma after a fatal two-car collision in Thorrington in north-east Essex earlier this week.

The cult game show was the top UK trend on Twitter on Friday night after getting its official revival. What did you make of the return?

Suffolk suppliers of insulation used in the £8.6million refurbishment of Grenfell Tower say it will no longer be supplied for cladding on high-rise buildings.

A man who returned to his home in Stowmarket last night was pinned to the ground by robbers using cable ties before cash and jewellery were stolen.

A man chased by police through Ipswich this afternoon has been taken to hospital after a crash involving an unmarked police car.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24