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Sutton New Schools' public inquiry

The Government Planning Inspector held a virtual public inquiry in September to hear the appeal against the refusal of the planning application for the proposed new schools at Rosehill.  The inquiry received evidence from Wates, the contractor who designed the new schools, Sutton Council and members of the Rosehill community.

Wates, working on behalf of the Department for Education, had submitted an appeal against the decision of Sutton Council to refuse to grant planning permission for the proposed new schools on the derelict astroturf at Rosehill.  Wates had submitted a planning application to build a new secondary school and small special school on the disused all weather pitch and part of the Sports Village at Rosehill Recreation Ground. In September 2019, Sutton Council turned down the planning application.

The proposed schools will provide much-needed secondary school places for local families and specialist provision for children on the autistic spectrum. The schools will be operated by the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

The Inspector leading the inquiry is producing a report for the Secretary of State, who will make the final decision on whether planning permission for the new Sutton Schools will be granted.  A decision is expected by February 2021.