New school ‘is set to be built’

The children of Barns Green look set to get a brand new school and now there will be six new affordable homes for local people as part of the deal too.

Last week there was disappointment when a decision on a planning application for 69 homes that would fund the school was deferred.

The council said it wanted to see if further financial arrangements could be put together to enable six shared ownership homes to be included as part of the package.

Things moved a step forward this week when district council, county council and Berkeley Homes top management met and agreed that, along with the school, the monies

 needed to build these six homes could be found by all three parties redistributing some of the community benefit monies arising from the housing, along with an additional contribution coming from Berkeleys.

The revised scheme will now be put before Horsham District Council’s Development Control Committee on Tuesday, May 21, and, if agreed, would make the new school a reality.

Cllr Ray Dawe, Leader of Horsham District Council, told The District Post: “I believe that when the planning committee meets to reconsider this deferred application later this month, it will know it has the very best deal on offer.

“It is now confirmed as a scheme that combines a new school for the village as well as six affordable new homes for local people.

“Last week the district council held a major seminar in which parish councils learned that as part of the Government’s new localism legislation they can now take much greater ownership over the way their  communities develop.

“This proposal at Barns Green, with everyone working together, shows us all exactly the type of thing that can be achieved.”

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