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Proposals for school building at Rosehill

In February 2019, the Department of Education (DfE) appointed Wates as its design and build contractor for the new secondary school and special school proposed for the disused all weather pitch and part of the southern end of the Sports Village at Rosehill Recreation Ground.

Wates developed and consulted on plans for the new school building, ahead of submitting a planning application to Sutton Council.

On 3 April 2019, Wates staged an exhibition at Sutton Sports Village showing its initial proposals for the new secondary schools and answering questions and seeking views on the plans. Between 4 and 12 April 2019, the Wates plans were made available on the Greenshaw Learning Trust website, as well as a feedback form so that people could submit their views to Wates. Wates hosted a further a public drop-in event for people to view the planning application on Tuesday 2 July 2019.

Feedback from visitors to the events and from Sutton Council was used by Wates to develop the plans further before the planning application was submitted in June.

Sutton Council formally received and validated the planning application and published it on the Council website on 25 June 2019. The planning application was considered at a meeting of Sutton Council’s Planning Committee on 10 September 2019, at Holy Family Church Hall, Sorrento Road, Sutton, SM1 1QU. You can find out more about the meeting on Sutton Council website here.

The planning application that had been submitted by Wates on behalf of the Department of Education for the proposed new school building was considered by Sutton Council’s Planning Committee on 10 September 2019. After lengthy discussion, and hearing from Wates about what it had done to address concerns about the application and from objectors, the committee voted to reject the proposals.

It was anticipated that if planning permission for the permanent school building had been granted by Sutton Council at this time, the Greenshaw Learning Trust would open the secondary school in September 2020 in temporary accommodation to meet the need for school places; but as planning permission was not granted, the DfE will not provide funding to open the school in September 2020. 

Wates, on behalf of the DfE, will be appealing against Sutton Council’s refusal of planning permission. It is expected that the appeal will be heard by an inquiry in February and that a decision will be made by the Government Planning Inspector by the middle of April 2020.

If the appeal is successful this would enable the new schools at Rosehill Recreation Ground to be built in time to open in September 2022; and would also allow the proposed new secondary school to open in temporary accommodation in central Sutton in September 2021.