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New school proposed for Beckenham

by Marco Cillario Fri 10 June 2016, 10:46 am

Public consultations have been held over plans for a new school on Balmoral Avenue in Beckenham.

Eden Park High School, managed by Education for the 21st Century (E21C) trust, would be built on a 4.5-ha former woodland site purchased by the Education Funding Agency and registered to E21C.

Consultation events took place on 9 March and 19 May 2016, and online feedback was open until 1 June. Final plans will now be drawn up, taking into account the comments received. They should be submitted to the council for outline planning permission at the beginning of July.

According to plans presented by E21C at the second consultation meeting, the school would be provided with a three-storey main building with two teaching wings and a two-storey sports hall with changing rooms in a separated block. The two buildings would be linked by a covered walkway. A rugby pitch, two football grounds and a multi-use games area would be part of the site. The project also includes 109 parking spaces for cars and mini-buses and 228 for bicycles.

Landscaping would also be provided, including tree planting.

The trust intends that the school would open in September 2017 in temporary accommodation at The Ravensbourne School on Hayes Lane and then move to its permanent location in September 2018, if the project is granted planning permission.

There would be 180 places available to year seven students in September 2017, and 240 once the school is on its permanent site. Each subsequent year there will be a new intake of 11-year-olds, until the capacity of seven year groups is reached.

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