The Council’s Planning Control Committee originally considered application CH/19/201 for the redevelopment of the Rugeley Power Station site on 15 January 2020.
However, further to the submissions under application ref CH/19/201 an amendment to the application was received on Monday 11th May 2020. The application now seeks outline planning permission for the creation of a development platform and the demolition of existing office building, and environmental centre, and security gatehouse, site clearance, remediation and phased mixed-use development comprising: up to 2,300 new dwellings and residential units (use classes C3 and C2); up to 1.2 ha of mixed-use (use classes A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, C1, C2, C3, D1 and D2); up to 5 ha of employment (use classes B1a, b, c and B2); a school (All Through School or 1 no. 2 Form Entry Primary School (use class D1)); formal and informal publicly accessible open space; key infrastructure including new adoptable roads within the site and the provision of a new primary access junction on to the A513; ground and roof mounted solar panels and 2 no. existing electricity substations (132 KV and 400 KV) retained (All Matters Reserved Except Access)’.
The amendment seeks changes to allow for the potential inclusion of an All Through School (ATS) within the proposed development. This encompasses nursery, primary school provision, secondary school provision and post 16 provision for up to 200 pupils. Updated plans to reflect these changes and the production of a new Environmental Statement to consider any additional effects arising from the amended development has now been provided. An extract from the Covering Letter accompanying the amendments reads:
There is no change to the resolved to grant scheme in terms of the Applicant, the Site Boundary, the number of dwellings and residential units (which remain at up to 2,300), the level of employment land (up to 5 hectares), community and retail floorspace (with the exception of education provision), and the primary vehicular accesses.
The principal change is in relation to the potential provision of an ATS. The resolved to grant scheme includes for the provision of a 2 Form Entry Primary School on the Site (with a financial contribution towards off-site provision of additional secondary school places). This amendments submission seeks flexibility for an ‘either or’ provision – that is, provision of an ATS or provision of a 2 Form Entry Primary School.
The flexibility sought reflects that, even with the commitment and best efforts of all parties to secure an ATS on the Site, the situation that may occur that the Wave 14 application is unsuccessful and it may be necessary for the Applicant to provide the 2 Form of Entry Primary School (and a financial contribution towards secondary education).
The ATS proposed for the Site would comprise a 52-place nursery, a 2 Form of Entry Primary School, a 5 Form of Entry Secondary School and Post-16 provision for up to 200 students, together with ancillary facilities including sports pitches/courts. It is proposed that the sports pitches/courts are shared with the community, with community access outside of school hours of operation.