Resident support for new school plan

Young people in Glossopdale’s towns are one step closer to having the state-of-the-art school they deserve following public consultation over the new single site building plans.

Over 200 locals attended the Newshaw Lane site of Glossopdale Community College recently to see the County Council’s plans and quiz the architect, builders and school and council staff.  96% of those surveyed at the event were in favour of the innovative new build which will replace the ageing buildings currently split over three sites in the valley.

Local residents, parents and current and future pupils heard how the £23million project will cater for 1200 students and an integrated community centre, which will replace the standalone centre at the school’s entrance once completed. Plans build in the ability to allow for future expansion if and when required.

20160121 Glossopdale Consultation

Local residents go through plans with the architect, councillors and building contractor

I am delighted that these plans have been met with such high approval from residents.” said Labour county councillor Dave Wilcox. “In particular I’m pleased that the plans under consideration for submission have been changed as a consequence of discussions the contractors have since held with residents of the school’s near neighbours at Oakford Court.

 Cllr Ellie Wilcox, who attended the school in the 1990s, said “Improvements in the facilities have been needed for as long as most can remember. I’m just so glad future generations will now benefit from such a wonderful new learning environment.

Cllr Damien Greenhalgh adding “As well as the investment into new buildings the school site will also encompass more sports pitches, car parking spaces and a bus drop off area to reduce the congestion on Newshaw Lane in the morning and afternoon peaks.

The proposals will now be submitted for formal planning approval, and if given the green light, would see building work commence in the summer of 2016 which a completion date of March 2018.

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£23m new school plans to go public

Glossopdale New School

The new schools backer Glossopdale’s three County Councillors and Caitlin Bisknell (left),Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

Draft plans for the new 11 to 18 school proposed by Derbyshire County Council are to be revealed to the public next week on Thursday 21st January at the Hadfield site of Glossopdale Community College.

The consultation represents the next stage of the development of the new school which will replace the present buildings located on three sites in Hadfield and Glossop.

County Councillor Ellie Wilcox, who attended the school in the 1990s, says that she welcomes the proposals and the opportunity for people to comment before any formal planning application is made.

We are at a stage where the resources are identified, the starter is raising his gun and a replacement single site school is just about to leave the starting blocks. It’s further evidence of the County Council’s commitment to improve education County wide and demonstrate to parents that we mean it.

According to County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh the school will be built on the “green” parts of the Hadfield site and although there will necessarily be some demolition work at the start of the building process, interruptions to children’s education should not be necessary.

We are conscious that for many students their education is a one-off opportunity, and though a single site school offers greater options and efficiency in the future, those who are in school at present need to be assured of minimal disruption to their education.

County Councillor Dave Wilcox confirmed that although there will be disruption to non-school community activities on the Hadfield site over the next couple of years, the new building will be designed to enhance community access and engagement when the premises are not needed for school activities.

People who live close to the site are anxious to see how traffic is likely to be handled, that their lives are not too disrupted by the building work and that the investment promises positive benefits to the local community once it is completed.

The period from 4pm – 7pm has been set aside on Thursday 21st January for Glossopdale residents to examine draft plans and take the opportunity to discuss the proposal. Local County Councillors will be present.

Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, County Councillor Caitlin Bisknell added that a formal planning application will follow the local discussions.

Given the need for a planning consent, a starting date for commencing the building process is still to be negotiated,” she said, “with a likely completion date of 2018.

Governors at the school have already had access to the plans and have given a general thumbs up to the proposals.