Planning consultation launches for new secondary school in Bury St Edmunds

Visualisation of new secondary school at Moreton Hall. Image produced by Concertus Design and Property Consultants ANL-150402-103828001
Visualisation of new secondary school at Moreton Hall. Image produced by Concertus Design and Property Consultants ANL-150402-103828001
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A pre-application planning consultation for proposals on constructing a new 11-16 secondary school in Bury St Edmunds has been announced.

The consultation details proposals are for a new education facility, in Lady Miriam Way, at Moreton Hall following Suffolk County Council’s decision on 10 June 2014 to move to a two-tier system of education for the majority of schools in the area.

The council is seeking views from parents, local residents and potential building users as part of a non-statutory process prior to the submission of the planning application.

The consultation will take place between Wednesday, February 4 and Wednesday, March 4 2015.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “I strongly urge all those who have an interest in these proposals to view the plans feedback their thoughts.

“It is absolutely essential that we gather an informed response when planning a project of this size; ensuring the local community has a real opportunity to shape proposals early in the process.

“It is very exciting to be working on a project which will deliver the first new high school in the town for many years. The new high school will provide many opportunities for students located in the heart of one of the newest communities in the town.”

Drop-in sessions have been organised where plans can be viewed and questions answered about the proposed development, these will be held at:

- Abbots Green Primary School, Airfield Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 7PJ on Monday 9 February between 5.15pm - 7.30pm

- Moreton Hall Community Centre, Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EW on Monday 23 February between 3pm - 6pm

Un-manned displays will also be available to view and comment on during normal opening hours, at:

- Sebert Wood Primary School, Sebert Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EG

- Suffolk County Council Offices at West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YU for the duration of the pre-planning consultation period.

Plans of the proposed development are available via www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations, alongside the ability to make comment online.

A comment form will also be made available and can be returned to the Schools Infrastructure Team, Suffolk County Council, FREEPOST RTAC-HSKL-CSAY, Ipswich, IP1 2EB.

All questionnaires must be completed and returned by Wednesday 4 March 2015.