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Herts County Council confirms its plans to move Bishop's Stortford High School

Plans to relocate the Bishop's Stortford High School to a new greenfield site off Whittington Way have been confirmed by Herts County Council,

At a meeting on Thursday (October 31) the education authority's development committee rubber-stamped proposals for a six form of entry secondary, clearing the way to demolish the existing London Road campus and redevelop it for hundreds of new homes.

Despite a barrage of complaints about congestion and air quality, in June East Herts Council confirmed it had no objection to the county's outline application for a new secondary school with 900 pupils in years 7 to 11 and 400 sixth-formers, a caretaker's house, access, car parking, cycle storage, coach bays, playing fields, a multi-use games area and highways work. The scheme also includes conference facilities.

An aerial picture of the Bishop's Stortford South development site (20625754)
An aerial picture of the Bishop's Stortford South development site (20625754)

Those environmental concerns were repeated again at the latest county council meeting with extensive objections from the town's civic federation, Thorley Parish council and OTTRA (Old Thorley and Twyford Residents Association).

However, the committee approved the scheme which is part of larger proposals for Countryside's new 750-home Bishop's Stortford South estate, which also includes a new primary school, a care home, and employment space.

The residential development is part of the district plan approved last year and has been given outline consent by East Herts.

The Bishop's Stortford High School is currently consulting on its vision for its London Road site, including up to 240 dwellings, before it submits a detailed scheme.

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