Introduction

Welcome to the public consultation page for the exciting proposals for a new Secondary School, including the creation of a Multi-Use-Games-Area, formation of car park and drop off/collection point as well as hard and soft play areas at the land off Wildeve Avenue, Chesterwell, Colchester.

A planning application for the proposed development is due to be submitted to Colchester Borough Council shortly and we are providing you with an opportunity to view and comment in advance of the formal submission.

The proposed development is being brought forward to meet the growing need for school places in the area to support the new residential developments happening around the site. The school is being delivered by Bowmer + Kirkland (B+K) and will be funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and the school will be known as The Trinity School. Alpha Trust, who currently manage three schools across the local area and will manage the new school, will strive to create first-class infrastructure that supports and drives the highest standards in both education and care.

For more information on the Trust please visit their website: https://www.alphamat.org/

B+K and the DfE value the input of the local community in developing the vision for the school, and would welcome your comments in respect of the proposed development. Details of how to comment are provided below..

The Site

The site is located 2.7 miles north of Colchester Town Centre and sits within the new residential development known as Colchester’s North  Growth  Area  Urban  Expansion  (NGAUE).  The  site extends over approximately 7.3 ha of undulating land and is bound to the north by the A12 road (linking London and Ipswich) and by the A134 Nayland Road to the northeast.

The  new  residential  development  by Mersea  Homes  sits  to  the  northwest,  southwest  and southeast  of  the  site  and,  as  such, the  surrounding  area  is  predominantly residential  in  nature. The secondary school forms part of the wider EDU1 site which has already received outline planning consent and will include a primary school and early years school. Immediately to the southwest of the school site will be the new neighbourhood centre for the NGAUE.

Proposed Development

The Trinity School will have capacity for approximately 900 pupils. A series of plans and images of the proposals are attached below. In summary, the school will comprise of a three-storey teaching building with linked sports hall facility, with associated playing fields, hard court games area, and cycle and vehicular parking facilities.

The ground floor will accommodate the main hall, dining area and a range of secondary class rooms. It’ll also include a sports hall and facilities which will branch off the main teaching building extending west of the entrance. Staff and admin spaces face onto the school plaza area along the south west elevation. The first floor accommodates additional secondary classrooms, including space for MFL, English and Humanities. This is also where the SEN department is based. There will also be a library on this floor along with staff work rooms and offices. Finally, the second floor will provide science and general teaching classroom facilities.

Vehicle access from the site will be from Carris Close with a one way system leading to the exit onto Ascot Drive. Both the entrance and exit will consist of lockable gates, preventing unwanted access. A total of 70 car parking spaces including 5 disabled parking bays have been provided as well as 2 mini-bus bays. There is also a coach drop-off area. 300 covered cycle spaces will be provided for students in two locations around the school to ease congestion. There will be a further 20 cycle spaces located within the plaza area close to the main entrance for use by visitors.

The full Consultation Board can be viewed below:

Please click here to view the Consultation Board

Consultation Details

This project creates an opportunity to increase the provision of educational facilities across Colchester

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development. In the first instance, please send any comments you may have to consultation@dppukltd.com where your comments will be logged and any queries answered.

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

DPP, One Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HN 

We will review your comments in partnership with Bowmer + Kirkland and the wider design team. 

Please provide your comments by 17th December 2021.

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on the Colchester Borough Council website and there will be a further opportunity to comment. 

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

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