Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/275
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Infrastructure and Delivery Policy ID1: Infrastructure and delivery View all on this section
Respondent Surrey County Council (Mr Jame… View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020

Education Provision
Based on current forecasts there are sufficient primary places across the borough of Spelthorne. We may need to create additional places, particularly in the planning areas of Staines and Laleham where there is a large increase in housing planned. There may also be a future need for some additional places to be provided in Shepperton and Stanwell as there is only a small surplus of places projected in these areas. This situation will need to be closely monitored.

Based on current forecasts there is already a need for additional secondary school places in Spelthorne from 2022. Some of this need may be met by the planned Free School, Walton Heathside, in the neighbouring borough of Elmbridge. It is however possible that we will need create additional places across Spelthorne to meet the needs of the new housing proposed in the local plan.

The local plan anticipates an average of 608 new homes per year over 15 years up to 2035. The expectation is that this would yield and additional 152 primary school places and 109 secondary school places each year. Of the units that have been allocated there are a large number of homes planned in the Staines area which is likely to result in additional need for primary and secondary school places.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) advises that local planning authorities (LPAs) should take a proactive, positive and collaborative approach to ensuring that a sufficient choice of school places is available to meet the needs of communities and that LPAs should give great weight to the need to create, expand or alter schools to widen choice in education. In the light of this policy and the Duty to Cooperate, the county council looks forward to ongoing engagement regarding any additional education provision that may be required to meet future needs generated by the new development proposed in the Local Plan.

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