Proposal for the redevelopment of Land at Collenswood Road, Shephall, Stevenage, SG2 9HQ, for the development of Michaela Community School and Stevenage Education Support Centre

Introduction

Welcome to our public consultation page for proposed plans for a new secondary school on the former campus of the Collenswood and Barnwell School, Redwing Close, Stevenage; together with works to upgrade the adjoining Stevenage Education Support Centre at Collenswood Road, Shephall, Stevenage, SG2 9HQ.

The Secondary School proposal (Michaela Community School) involves the demolition of all of the vacant former Collenswood and Barnwell School buildings and the construction of a new build 1,260 place secondary school (900 secondary pupils plus 360 Sixth Form pupils), broadly on the footprint of the existing buildings. At the same time, the adjoining Stevenage Education Support Centre (SESC) is to be upgraded, including the retention of one existing accommodation block and a newbuild, single-storey building to replace the rest of the current SESC buildings, which are also to be demolished. At the same time the boundary between the two establishments is to be reinforced with additional landscape planting including new trees.

The proposals will shortly be the subject to two separate formal Planning Applications to Stevenage Borough Council but before this, we are providing an opportunity for local Councillors and residents to view and comment on the proposals. Please note, the approach to submit these two separate Planning Applications simultaneously is to ensure the sites come forward in a comprehensive manner given their adjacency to one another. The applications will be submitted and formally consulted upon at the same time, meaning local residents, Stevenage Borough Council, key stakeholders, and statutory consultees can consider them together.

The applications are being submitted on behalf of Bowmer + Kirkland, who are working with the Department for Education and Hertfordshire County Council to deliver the proposed developments.

Undertaking public consultation with local stakeholders in advance of submitting a planning application is an important part of the process and allows members of the public and the local community to provide valuable feedback ahead of the proposals being finalised.

The Site

The combined site is located within Stevenage and is situated to the north-east of Collenswood Road, to the south of Six Hills Way and north of Redwing Close and Ashtree Primary School.

It extends to approximately 7.9 hectares (19.5 acres).

The site for the proposed Secondary School is the former Collenswood School site. The school closed in 2006 and the site was then used by the Barnwell School as its ‘Middle Campus’ for a period of time. The one and two-storey school buildings and associated hardstanding and green space are currently largely disused, however, the western part of the site is occupied by the Stevenage Education Support Centre (SESC), a Pupil Referral Unit working with young people, schools, families and other associated professionals at Key Stage 3 and 4 levels. The remainder of the site to the north and east contains playing fields and trees. The site is bound on all sides by trees.

The Proposed Development

Michaela Community School

The proposed Secondary School development involves the demolition of the bulk of the vacant former Collenswood and Barnwell School buildings and the construction of a new build 1260 place secondary school (900 secondary pupils plus 360 Sixth Form pupils), located broadly on the footprint of the former school buildings.

The Michaela Community School building will be split over three interlinked blocks and will be four-storeys in height. There will be four Multi-Use Games Areas, as well as one upgraded 5/6 a-side football pitches and two senior/youth football pitches, provided to the north of the building. Hard and soft informal play areas will also be provided to the north-west of the building. Hardstanding for parking and internal servicing will be provided to the south-east of the building, this will alter the current mini-roundabout arrangement. The school building will be accessed from Redwing Close to the south-east of the site.

Please click to view initial visuals of the proposed development

Please see an indicative plan of the proposed development below:

Stevenage Education Support Centre

The same site will also see the existing SESC upgraded, including the retention of one existing accommodation block and a new build, single-storey building to replace the rest of the current buildings, which are to be demolished. When complete, the new SESC will provide for 36 students, but will be constructed so that the aspiration to expand to a 52-student intake could be met in the future. Access will continue to be provided from Collenswood Road. The opportunity will also be taken to provide the new secondary school and the SESC with their own identity and to establish a landscape buffer, including new tree planting, between the two educational facilities.

Please click to view initial visuals of the proposed development

Please see an indicative plan of the proposed development below:

Providing your Feedback

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed developments. In the first instance, please either use the feedback box below or send any comments you may have to consultation@dppukltd.com

If you would feel more comfortable providing written comments, please post your comments to:

DPP, Studio 012, Haylofts, St Thomas’ Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LE

We will review your comments in partnership with the design team.

Once the planning applications have been submitted, full details will be available on the Stevenage Borough Council website and there will be a further opportunity to comment.

We look forward to receiving your comments on the proposed developments.

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