Legal challenge to school plans thrown out
By Rob Freeman | 30th October 2020
The High Court has refused an application for a judicial review into a planning permission for a new high school in Leckhampton.
Judge Jarman QC ruled in favour of Gloucestershire County Council, confirming it was up to them to decide the location of an all-weather pitch, diversion of a right of way and tree planting - which formed the basis of the application - rather than the court.
Work on the new school has started after a groundbreaking ceremony n September ahead of the first phase of archaeological work.
Construction on the £30million project will start next month with the building due to open in 2022.
The school will open to new pupils in September 2021 in temporary accommodation on the Balcarras School site for a year.
Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, said: "This is a great result and I'm very pleased the High Court has ruled in our favour.
"This low carbon, high-quality school is a massive investment in the future of children in Cheltenham and the surrounding area.
"It's a key part of our £100million investment in schools across the county and means local children have access to education on their doorstep rather than needing to travel."
The Balcarras Academy Trust will sponsor the school with the project managed by Evans Jones Property and Planning Consultancy in Cheltenham with Kier Construction appointed as the main contractor.
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