Project

Binfield Learning Village

Location

Bracknell

Client

Mace on behalf of Bracknell Borough Council

Services Used

Pegasus Group provided planning and public consultation services to bring forward a scheme on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council for Kingsgroup International.

After initial instruction in 2015, Pegasus Group were involved in the pre-application discussions relating to a new school to provide for the growing population at North Bracknell. The School made up part of an allocation in Bracknell’s Local Plan, and as a result a hybrid planning application was prepared, involving an outline scheme for 400 houses, and full permission for the School, alongside other elements including SANG. Preparation of the application therefore involved liaison with the client, the Council and the developer team behind the housing scheme, to ensure the hybrid application addressed all matters correctly, and consistently.

Input into planning for and attending the Public Consultation events was provided prior to the application being submitted. Whilst there was general support for the principle of a new school in the area, many local residents raised concerns about the impact of traffic and parking in particular. Such comments were addressed at the time and in a subsequent SCI, submitted with the application.

Due to the complexity of proposals, and input from various different parties, regular team meetings were held throughout the design process, at which Pegasus Group provided planning input.

Following minor amendments and additional justification on a number of aspects of the scheme, Officers were able to support the proposal and planning permission was granted at Committee in June 2016, which adhered with the target timescales to enable the school to be delivered on time. Further work was subsequently undertaken by Pegasus to enable the ongoing discharge of various conditions prior to commencement of development.

Binfield Learning Village is now nearing the end of construction and due to open as Kings Academy, Binfield in September 2018 as planned. It will provide for a new mixed, all ability through school, providing facilities from nursery and primary to secondary and post 16 with embedded SEN (Special Education Needs). It will eventually cater for approximately 1,800 pupils. Sports facilities sit to the north of the main school buildings within the landscape, with a dedicated sports building to the west of the site.

The proposal includes use of the sports facilities by the local community, and the provision of additional community facilities in a dedicated building to the front of the school site.

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