Plans for a new primary school in Hadleigh could be a step closer

Debbie Allen, headteacher, and Andrew Johnston, one of the school's govenor

Debbie Allen, headteacher, and Andrew Johnston, one of the school's govenor

First published in News

AMBITIOUS plans to rebuild a 100-year-old primary school and bring it into the 21st century could be one step closer to fruition.

Governors at Hadleigh Junior School, in Church Road, want to rebuild their school on playing fields as they are spending tens of thousands of pounds maintaining their old site, which reduces funding available to provide teaching resources for its pupils.

Now, 6.8 acres of the school’s land has been put up for sale in the hope that redeveloping the area could fund the rebuild.

Almost three acres of neighbouring land in Scrub Lane, owned by Essex County Council, is also being put up for sale.

A statement released by the school’s governing body said: “The school has the opportunity to consider a new school build through capitalising on the sale by Essex County Council of its land which is adjacent to Hadleigh Junior School land.

“We are looking to secure a contractor who will deliver a new junior school as part of a housing project.

“There are still many stages to go through, but we should know within a few months whether this is a viable project.”

The rundown school, which became an academy last year, was built over a century ago and can no longer contend with modern-day class sizes.

Architects have been in consultation with parents, teachers and governors to get feedback on what they would like to see from a new building.

Pupils have also been designing their ideal school of the future, presenting pictures and ideas to planners.

The site has now been earmarked for 36 homes as Castle Point Council prepares a new development strategy setting out where hundreds of homes will be built in the borough over the next 15 years.

The authority is in the process of creating a draft development brief for the land at Scrub Lane, the new junior school and the redevelopment of the existing junior school.

An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council has declared the land as surplus, so we are now in the process of working with Castle Point Borough Council and other local groups to look into the disposal of the land.”

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9:54pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Aint it just the truth says...

This is architectural and social vandalism. The school is a particularly fine example of Edwardian school architecture with a brilliant layout which could be brought up to standard for a lot less than building a new school. Also, as the new school will be built on a budget it won't last for another hundred years, more like twenty years and what will they do then? Sell off the rest of the school field to build a another new school? Seems like our elected representatives won't be satified until they have turned Hadleigh and the rest of Castle Point into an extension of east London.
This is architectural and social vandalism. The school is a particularly fine example of Edwardian school architecture with a brilliant layout which could be brought up to standard for a lot less than building a new school. Also, as the new school will be built on a budget it won't last for another hundred years, more like twenty years and what will they do then? Sell off the rest of the school field to build a another new school? Seems like our elected representatives won't be satified until they have turned Hadleigh and the rest of Castle Point into an extension of east London. Aint it just the truth
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11:53pm Wed 7 Nov 12

GrumpyofLeigh says...

"Capitalizing"? Yeah righto. "Joint enterprise" perhaps?
"Capitalizing"? Yeah righto. "Joint enterprise" perhaps? GrumpyofLeigh
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8:03am Thu 8 Nov 12

HadleighBoy says...

The 6.8 Acres of school land put up for sale is actually the land that Essex County council stole when the school became Grant Maintained. Teh new school will be built on the remaining land which is the schools playing fields so this will be reduced in size.
I am all for a new school as long as the old one is saved for other purposes. As one commenter said it would be a lot cheaper to repair the current school. Plus I suspect unless anything has changed there will be less room in the new school. When plans were put in before they were thrwon out becasue the school wanted to maximise its faciliteis and the faceless councillors rejected it.
Will be interesting to see how this will work as i am sure the NIMBYs in Scrub Lane will oppose any planning application for homes.
The 6.8 Acres of school land put up for sale is actually the land that Essex County council stole when the school became Grant Maintained. Teh new school will be built on the remaining land which is the schools playing fields so this will be reduced in size. I am all for a new school as long as the old one is saved for other purposes. As one commenter said it would be a lot cheaper to repair the current school. Plus I suspect unless anything has changed there will be less room in the new school. When plans were put in before they were thrwon out becasue the school wanted to maximise its faciliteis and the faceless councillors rejected it. Will be interesting to see how this will work as i am sure the NIMBYs in Scrub Lane will oppose any planning application for homes. HadleighBoy
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11:37am Thu 8 Nov 12

Aint it just the truth says...

"Will be interesting to see how this will work as i am sure the NIMBYs in Scrub Lane will oppose any planning application for homes."
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And who can blame them? The Council have allowed almost every little scrap of green space in Hadleigh to be built on.
"Will be interesting to see how this will work as i am sure the NIMBYs in Scrub Lane will oppose any planning application for homes." . And who can blame them? The Council have allowed almost every little scrap of green space in Hadleigh to be built on. Aint it just the truth
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