As part of the evidence base to support the local plan process we jointly commissioned two independent studies with two local planning authorities:
- Stafford Borough Council
- East Staffordshire Borough Council
Consultants provided independent analysis of the necessary education provision to mitigate the impact of proposed housing over the local plan period in the two boroughs.
Following this, a further study has been produced by us for Tamworth Borough Council. It outlined the requirements for education provision over the local plan period.
Further reports will be added for other boroughs/districts as they are completed.
We jointly commissioned SKM Colin Buchanan in association with Hewdon Consulting together with Stafford Borough Council to provide a 'spatial plan for education' to update the Stafford Borough infrastructure delivery plan for the requirements for education provision through to 2031.
The report concluded that the current methodology we use to produce pupil projections gave highly accurate results. The projections demonstrated a need for new education provision to mitigate the impact of the proposed housing growth.
The level of education provision required includes new primary schools as well as the expansion at existing primary schools. It also includes the provision of a new secondary school as well as the expansion of existing secondary schools.
This can be found in appendix A of the report. See the report and appendices below:
East Staffordshire Borough
We and East Staffordshire Borough Council jointly commissioned Cambridge Education to provide evidence to support East Staffordshire Borough Council's local plan. It covered the need for school places in Burton to mitigate the housing options being developed by the Borough Council as part of the local plan process.
The study concluded that new schools in the Burton area will be needed to provide enough primary and secondary school places for the projected number of pupils over the next decade and beyond.
The report also concluded that “the approach in the county is as accurate as possible, based on the information available” and agreed with the methodology used.
Following on from this study we commissioned Amec Environmental & Infrastructure UK Ltd to identify the new primary and secondary school sites necessary to support the housing growth as set out in the emerging local plan for East Staffordshire Borough Council.
The site search planning study concluded that over the plan period, new schools will nned to be located to the north and west of the existing settlement boundary.
As the we are the local education authority and East Staffordshire Borough Council are the local planning authority, we will both use the study to inform the emerging local plan.
The report and appendices can be viewed below.