Extension to edgbarrow school in berkshire planning permission

Extension to Edgbarrow School in Berkshire

Local Authority

Bracknell Forest


  • Education and Community
Decoration Decoration

Planning permission obtained for a new sixth form building in Berkshire

Client Edgbarrow School
Architect Bracknell Forest Borough Council
Author Mike Cole

Project Overview

Bell Cornwell assisted Edgbarrow School in obtaining planning permission for an extension which will provide a new Sixth Form Building to accommodate the rise in pupils across the school.

However, the planning application was complicated by virtue of the site being outside the defined settlement boundary where development is restricted, and a requirement to avoid the loss of usable playing field, where liaison with Sports England was necessary.

The planning application was able to demonstrate the need for the new building, which could not be reasonably located off-site, given its close relationship with the workings of the school. It also provided evidence to show how it would comply with the remaining development plan policies.

As owners of the site, the local authority decided that it was also necessary to defer the decision on the application, as a departure to the development plan, to the Government Office for the South East (GOSE). This was to ensure that no conflict of interest would arise by them approving the application themselves. Subsequently, GOSE deferred the planning application back to the Local Planning Authority for approval.

Bell Cornwell acted as an advisor to the school, together with providing the supporting planning statement and liaison with Statutory Consultees/GOSE.

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