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Approval for Bishop's Stortford High School relocation despite traffic concerns

Relocation of The Bishop's Stortford High School (TBSHS) has been rubber-stamped by Herts County Council.

The authority approved its own scheme for a new campus off Whittington Way, dispute a raft of objections from Thorley residents who fear the development will contribute to traffic gridlock on London Road.

A letter from Pig Lane resident Colin Arnott was presented to development control committee members, accusing the council of "hastily prepared and submitted applications and incomplete supporting technical work".

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General Views - File Shots.Bishops Stortford.The Bishops Stortford High School. (37069289)

The new school is a key part of housebuilder Countryside's plans for a 750-home estate, Stortford South, which also includes a primary school with three forms of entry (3FE) or 90 pupils per year group.

The new secondary will comprise a 10,017 sq m (107,639 sq ft) school building, sports hall, floodlit multi-use games area and parking. Proposals for 3G rugby and football pitches, a caretaker's house and conference centre – all mentioned in the outline planning application which has already been approved – will require further detailed approval.

After Cllr Graham McAndrew, the ward member, raised concerns about heavy lorries damaging highways as a result of the application, the committee agreed to conduct a road condition survey within three months of the start of construction to establish whether there was an increase in dangerous debris on the surface.

It was noted that there was already an increase in HGV traffic in the area because of construction of the Little Hadham A120 bypass between Bishop's Park and Standon.

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