Decision details

To agree to the implementation of the proposal to expand Manor Hill First School, Stone

Decision Maker: Director for Families and Communities

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To agree that the proposal to expand Manor Hill First School in Stone to mitigate against local housing developments can be implemented.

Alternative options considered:

8. Options Considered:

The County Council has consulted on a proposal to expand Manor Hill First School to mitigate the impact of local housing developments of 500 dwellings at Walton Hill House Farm and 92 dwellings at Common Lane/Eccleshall Road, Stone with both developments currently being built.

The expansion is supported by the governing body.

The proposal would increase the school’s capacity from 100 to 225 places and will enable the school’s Published Admission Number to increase incrementally from 20 to 30 and then from 30 to 45.

• A request to publish a statutory proposal for the project was agreed at Cabinet on 19th December 2018 (Appendix 1)
• A statutory proposal was published in the Staffordshire Newsletter and displayed on Staffordshire County Council’s website on 23rd January for 4 weeks (Appendix 2)
• The expansion project would be fully funded by received and secured contributions through Section 106 agreements.

Options considered
No other local first school was considered as the 500 dwellings development is on land adjacent to the school and the smaller development is also within the school catchment area.

Statutory Proposal
Cabinet considered all consultation responses and agreed to follow the statutory proposal process outlined in the Legal Analysis section below on 19th December 2018.

Further to Cabinet approval and in accordance with statutory guidance an appropriate, fair and open representation was carried out. A Statutory Notice was published in the Staffordshire Newsletter and a four-week representation period followed. Officers engaged with internal and external stakeholders relevant to the consultation and published the full statutory proposals on Staffordshire County Council’s website. The statutory proposal was published on 23rd January for four weeks and ended on 19th February 2019.

There were no further representations received either for or against the proposal to expand Manor Hill First School during this four-week period.

Publication date: 06/03/2019

Date of decision: 23/03/2019

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