Planning application submitted for Portland school academy

A planning application has finally been submitted for the controversial school academy on Portland.

The Department for Education is proposing to invest around £15 million in a new campus at Southwell Park which is supported by sponsors the Aldridge Foundation and Dorset County Council.

The academy opened this September within the founding schools’ existing sites, but intends to locate to two new school campuses at Osprey Quay and Southwell Park next academic year.

The new Southwell Park campus will cater for students between 3 and 19 years old, with the main school buildings divided into houses or “schools within schools”, and a separate section for early years children from nursery to year 3, with its own entrance and play areas.

Plans include a 200-seat theatre, heated swimming pool, a new sports hall and specialist sports, art, drama, music, science and environmental science facilities; cutting-edge computer facilities and new technology to support learning plus a dedicated zone to support enterprise for students and the community.

The campus will offer a range of after-school activities, which could also be available out of school hours for local residents and groups. opening up new resources for the wider community.

Jane Fooks, on behalf of the Academy Trust said: “Significant amendments have been made to the plans as a result of the comments we have received.

“A key concern for parents and local residents was transport to and from the new campus. Following the exhibitions we have made decisive steps to ensure the provision of bus services.”

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1:21pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Islandjim says...

If this application goes through without any major questions being raised about its siting, loss of current employment space, access, drainage & other quiet major flaws in the proposal. Then it will be nothing more than a reinforcement of the corruption and shortsightedness of the council, and the blinkered opinions of the people trying to push it through. The vision for the Portland academy was amazing when it appeared, now it is an underfunded, compromised shell of its former self! Watching this space!
If this application goes through without any major questions being raised about its siting, loss of current employment space, access, drainage & other quiet major flaws in the proposal. Then it will be nothing more than a reinforcement of the corruption and shortsightedness of the council, and the blinkered opinions of the people trying to push it through. The vision for the Portland academy was amazing when it appeared, now it is an underfunded, compromised shell of its former self! Watching this space! Islandjim
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2:06pm Wed 3 Oct 12

lostnfound says...

How will access from the current occupiers of the site be restricted? or will they all have to be CRB checked and visitors to them not allowed.
How will access from the current occupiers of the site be restricted? or will they all have to be CRB checked and visitors to them not allowed. lostnfound
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7:16pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Crabber says...

lostnfound wrote:
How will access from the current occupiers of the site be restricted? or will they all have to be CRB checked and visitors to them not allowed.
I bet the Hotel & Spa will not be vetting customers to see if they are on the Sex Offenders Register. I think Not
[quote][p][bold]lostnfound[/bold] wrote: How will access from the current occupiers of the site be restricted? or will they all have to be CRB checked and visitors to them not allowed.[/p][/quote]I bet the Hotel & Spa will not be vetting customers to see if they are on the Sex Offenders Register. I think Not Crabber
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10:00pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Tophill says...

Its annoying that the report is stating planning application has been submitted, yet you can't view it on the Dorset For You website...
Its annoying that the report is stating planning application has been submitted, yet you can't view it on the Dorset For You website... Tophill
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1:06pm Thu 4 Oct 12

portland rebel says...

and yet still no transport issues resolved, being in communication with the bus company resolves nothing, and the fact that the local plan i believe states southwell as a designated business area, means that the council will be breaking their own rules should this farce be granted.
and yet still no transport issues resolved, being in communication with the bus company resolves nothing, and the fact that the local plan i believe states southwell as a designated business area, means that the council will be breaking their own rules should this farce be granted. portland rebel
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2:11pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Wedgey says...

People need to object about the change of use of Southwell Business Park from Employment to Education by putting pen to paper and sending their objections to the planning dept. actions speak louder than words. All too often people will moan and then sit back and do nothing!
People need to object about the change of use of Southwell Business Park from Employment to Education by putting pen to paper and sending their objections to the planning dept. actions speak louder than words. All too often people will moan and then sit back and do nothing! Wedgey
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8:13pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Westwindblower says...

This is likely to cause a massive increase in traffic and noise in the previously quiet area of Southwell. Big problem for local residents. Pupils will get taken to school in cars no matter what the people pushing this say. Throughout the winter and many other times the wind and rain will put people off walking. Parents have to work and often in a rush and its often easier and less time consuming to go in the car. Staggered start times will mean alot of hanging around for parents with a few children in the school. Mixing school, industry, hotel, private flats? Most councils would have quashed this from the very beginning. If it gets through then I for one will lose any belief in the intelligence and independence of the planning process. I only know one person who has an open mind about giving it a chance. I would lose count of those who feel it is a terrible idea.
This is likely to cause a massive increase in traffic and noise in the previously quiet area of Southwell. Big problem for local residents. Pupils will get taken to school in cars no matter what the people pushing this say. Throughout the winter and many other times the wind and rain will put people off walking. Parents have to work and often in a rush and its often easier and less time consuming to go in the car. Staggered start times will mean alot of hanging around for parents with a few children in the school. Mixing school, industry, hotel, private flats? Most councils would have quashed this from the very beginning. If it gets through then I for one will lose any belief in the intelligence and independence of the planning process. I only know one person who has an open mind about giving it a chance. I would lose count of those who feel it is a terrible idea. Westwindblower
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