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Primary School Expansion - Informal Consultation Period 26 September - 23 October 2016

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We have received information relating to the proposed expansion of The Tattenhall Park Primary School.

We publish all the information below and the relevant links to the CWaC Site and Online Survey Form.

Tattenhall Park Primary School Expansion Consultation

To Pupils, Parents/Carers, Staff, Governors and Stakeholders (dated 26 September 2016)

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council is proposing to expand the capacity of Tattenhall Park Primary School, Chester Road, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9AH from 210 places to 315 primary age places by September 2018.

1. Why we are proposing to expand Tattenhall Park Primary School
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (the Council) would like to expand Tattenhall Park Primary School to help provide more places for local children. Tattenhall Park Primary School is experiencing a shortfall of primary places due to an increase in population mainly from new housing developments within the area. Further housing developments are anticipated to generate more local pupils requiring a primary school place. The Council has a statutory duty to provide sufficient school places and is therefore proposing to provide additional school places by expanding Tattenhall Park Primary School from 1 to 1.5 forms of entry (from 30 to 45 places for each year group from Reception to Year 6). The Governing Body of the school and the Council have agreed to carry out an informal public consultation on the proposal to permanently expand the school, and if it is agreed that the proposal should go ahead, additional accommodation would be provided to enable the school to expand in a managed and controlled manner.

2. Are there plans to show how this proposed expansion will be delivered on site?
The Council are in the very early stages of design proposals. An initial feasibility study is to be carried out in the autumn/winter term. This will provide the Council and the school with 'firmer' details of an anticipated work programme, timescales, construction phasing and the cost to the public purse.Representatives of the school will be involved in working with the design team to ensure that the school's views help inform the design process.
Should the proposal to enlarge the capacity of the school be agreed the required building works will be subject to a separate planning consultation process. Once plans have been sufficiently developed all, members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the planning application necessary to implement them.

3. Will the school need to close during the proposed building work?
No. All of the building works will be planned carefully and contractors will work with the school to ensure that works are scheduled to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. The building site will be a secure area to ensure the health and safety of the children, staff, parents and visitors to the school.

4. How will the proposed expansion happen and how many children will there be at the school?
It is anticipated that the expansion would happen gradually, rather than in a single stage, so that the school would grow incrementally over as many as seven years until it reaches a maximum total of 315 pupils; however this process may be accelerated if there is sufficient demand for places across all year groups from the start of the expansion. The school and the governing body will manage the expansion of each year group and hence the admittance of additional pupils, together with the recruitment of additional teaching staff necessary to teach increased pupil numbers.

5. Will there be enough playground space?
As part of the feasibility study, the design team will focus on providing sufficient playground space for a 1.5 form entry school. The school would plan how to use the space to provide sufficient time for lunch, play and P.E.

6. The consultation process — indicative timeline
26 September — 23 October 2016 Informal Public Consultation Period
17 October 2016 — 3pm to 6pm — Drop-in Meeting at the school for parents/carers, staff, governors & stakeholders
November 2016 — The Director of Education decides whether to continue with the proposal. If so, a Public Notice will be published in a local newspaper, displayed at the school and available on the school's and the Council's website. During this time comments and objections can be made about the proposal. The Public Notice will run for four weeks.
January 2017 — The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People considers all responses made and decides whether to go ahead.
Anticipated September 2018 — Permanent expansion of the school if proposal agreed

7. How can I give my views?
There are a number of ways to give us your views on this proposal:
* At a drop-in for parents/carers, members of staff and governors is being held at the school on Monday 17 October 3pm to 6pm, where there will be the opportunity to ask questions and complete a response form.
* By sending the response form to Cheshire West and Chester Council, School Organisation Team (HQ Floor 1), 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.
* Alternatively, you may hand your response form in at the school. All written responses need to be received by midnight on 23 October 2016.
* By completing the online Survey Form — click on the link and scroll down to the online form www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/tattenhallparkprimaryconsultation
* By emailing schoolplanningandpolicy@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
* Visit www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/tattenhallparkprimaryconsultation for further information.

8. What happens next?
This consultation stage closes on midnight 23 October 2016. A report summarising the responses received during the consultation period will be submitted to the Director of Education who will then decide whether to proceed with the expansion proposal and publish statutory proposals in the form of a public notice. The public notice would be published in a local newspaper and for a period of four weeks following the publication date any person can comment on the proposals. Having taken into account any responses, the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People will then take a final decision as to whether to proceed with the proposals.

Whether the proposals for expansion go ahead or not will also be dependent on the planning application process for the proposed additional building spaces. The additional accommodation required for the proposals will be subject to separate planning requirements which will include further public consultation.

Yours sincerely,
Carolyn Davis
Senior Manager Education Infrastructure