Sir Frederick Gibberd College: Planning permission lodged for temporary classrooms

News / Mon 8th Apr 2024 at 09:16am

RETROSPECTIVE planning consent is sought for the erection of temporary school accommodation on the site of Sir Frederick Gibberd College.

Portakabin has been instructed by the Department for Education to apply to Harlow Council for retrospective planning permission to install a temporary school on the playing fields to the East of the Sir Frederick Gibberd College site.

Their statement reads: “The recently constructed building (planning ref HW_FUL_19_00058) built by Caledonian Modular Ltd is not fit for purpose and needs to be substantially demolished and rebuilt, this will be the subject to a future planning application. In the interim, as a temporary measure, Portakabin modular school accommodation is being erected on the playing field of the school and retrospective planning permission is sought for a maximum temporary period of 5 years.

“The feasibility study for the new replacement school is underway, The Minister for Education has announced the intention to demolish the existing school building and rebuild it.

“The programme for the new building expecting to complete in 2027 at which point the Portakabin development will be removed and the school playing field will be reinstated to its former condition.”

The full application can be found on the Harlow Council planning website.

Look for: HW/FUL/24/00080

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4 Comments for Sir Frederick Gibberd College: Planning permission lodged for temporary classrooms:

2024-04-08 10:27:26

So just a quick question - How does this affect pupils returning next week, as they are supposed to be re-locating into the new temp (5 years) Porta Cabins?

2024-04-08 11:46:01

What a complete mess this is. The (thankfully outgoing) MP and the Dept of Education have badly let the children, parents and teachers of this school down.

2024-04-09 07:09:17

Hypothetically what if this was turned down or needs to be drastically altered? Oh does the tax payer pay for it? Why has this important planning requirement only just been submitted? The demolition of the school and the need for portacabins has been known for months now. Is this another corner already cut in procedures by DfE or does it show they truly do not understand planning or law? Either way it's demonstrated by government itself that applying for retrospective permission is perfectly fine and likely to get approved. Much like the icon development which was built higher than the plans which would have been approved taking into account sightlines. simply submit retrospective planning after and all is well.

2024-04-09 12:40:49

This was brought up rightly a while back. The guy got roasted, but he was right to show concern. Good on him...https://www.yourharlow.com/2024/02/04/letter-to-editor-do-they-need-planning-permission-for-portacabins-at-sfg-college/?_gl=1*1lgsw3e*_ga*MTk1NjU4MTMwLjE2ODI1MjA0NTM.*_ga_VG46TH43S2*MTcxMjY2NTQxMi4yMTguMS4xNzEyNjY2MjYxLjAuMC4w

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