What Next for St Peters / Rainsford School Site?

 

This website has been set up to support the public consultation about St Peter’s College (former Rainsford School). At Development Policy Committee on 16 February 2017 it was resolved to approve the Planning Brief for the former St Peter’s College Site, and this will become a material planning consideration. Application for consent of the Secretary of State for Education to dispose of Playing Fields.



Essex County Council is currently preparing to sell part of the site, including former playing field and for this to proceed, the consent of the Secretary of State for Education is required under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1988.

A plan of the former St. Peter’s C. of E. College site showing the area subject to the proposed disposal is available for inspection in the public library at County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:30pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm and Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00pm and at North Melbourne Library, Dickens Place, Copperfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 4UU Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between 9:00am and 5:00pm. The plan can also be seen at below (in the downloads section).

Should you have any comments regarding the proposed disposal of land at the former St. Peter’s C. of E. College site they should be submitted in writing by Monday 26 June 2017 to Becky Allum, Senior Officer Land & Property (Schools & Vacant Schools) becky.allum@mitie.com or alternatively by post: Room EUG Zone 3, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1LX.

 

THE SITE

St Peters College is 11.2ha in area, with road access from Fox Crescent, and lies one mile north west of Chelmsford railway station. St Peter’s College is owned by Essex County Council, who are promoting the following development;

Two special schools on approx. 2.5ha to the south of the site adjacent to Thriftwood College (which would remain as existing):

  • One school for children aged 7-16 with autistic spectrum condition
  • Another school for children aged 7-16 with social, emotional and mental health needs

Re-development on the remaining site area:

  • It is considered that the site has excellent potential for residential development
  • Residential development would include open space to complement the proposed development
  • Consideration has been given as to whether there is a need for community facilities, and the issues that surround providing these.
 

MASTERPLAN OPTIONS

There are several choices to be made about how buildings and spaces could be arranged on the site. These plans show three possible options, with large or small green spaces. In each case the main access would be from Fox Cresecent, with walking routes connecting with Hobart Close and Highfield Road. These three diagrams accommodate the following development:

  • Two special schools on approx. 2.5ha to the south of the site adjacent to Thriftwood College (which would remain as existing):
    • One school for children aged 7-16 with autistic spectrum condition
    • Another school for children aged 7-16 with social, emotional and mental health needs
  • An area extending to circa 8.5ha which is available for residential redevelopment
Development Framework Plan

Option 1 (Click to enlarge)

Development Framework Plan

Option 2 (Click to enlarge)

Development Framework Plan

Option 3 (Click to enlarge)

 

FEEDBACK

Thank you for visiting the website and we hope you found it useful and informative. To contact Essex County Council about the Master Plan at St Peter’s College, please email stpetersfuture@essex.gov.uk.

To comment on the proposed disposal of part of the former playing field, please respond to Becky Allum, Senior Officer Land & Property (Schools & Vacant Schools) at email becky.allum@mitie.com or alternatively by post: Room EUG Zone 3, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1LX by Monday 26 June 2017