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Legal challenge against Cheltenham secondary school withdrawn

Published
15.03.2021

A judicial review of the planning application for The High School, Leckhampton has been withdrawn by the claimant.

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Work on the new school building can now continue at pace, and residents can expect to see the new framework of the building go up in the coming weeks. The new school building will open in September 2022, with the first cohort of students attending a temporary site at Balcarras School from September 2021.Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, economy and skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is great news for Cheltenham families – now we can get on with building the brand-new, carbon-neutral, secondary school we promised. This is a key part of the county council’s £100m investment into schools across our county, which is making such a difference for Gloucestershire’s children and young people.”Iain Dobie, county councillor for Leckhampton and Warden Hill, said: “I know from listening to parents from Leckhampton and Naunton Park primary schools just how relieved they will be that this nagging threat to their local community secondary has finally gone away. Now we can crack on with building a school in Leckhampton Fields to which pupils will walk and cycle; once its solar panels are approved at planning committee this week it will be on track to become the “greenest” in the county when it opens in 2022.”Work to build the new school started last year with a ground breaking ceremony in September ahead of the first phase of archaeological work, which continued throughout the autumn and winter.

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