Decision details

212061/FUL - Richfield Driving Range, Richfield Avenue

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The demolition of existing driving range structures and the development of a new three-storey 8 form entry school  for  years 11 - 16, including a SEND unit and 300 place 6th form (total school capacity of 1500 pupils) including the creation of a new access from Richfield Avenue, new parking area, cycle parking landscaped areas, external play areas, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and sporting pitches. 

The Executive Director for Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services submitted a report on the above application.  An update report was tabled at the meeting which proposed amendments to the S106 obligations for transport works and deletion of two of the planning conditions, clarified the bicycle provision position and the reasons for BREEAM ‘Very Good’ and the wording for the BREEAM conditions.  The recommendation had been amended accordingly.  It was recommended at the meeting that a further condition regarding


(1)      That the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Public Protection Services be authorised to grant full planning permission for application 212061/FUL, subject to completion of a S106 legal agreement by 30 June 2022 (unless a later date be agreed by the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Public Protection Services) to secure the amended transport works Heads of Terms set out in the update report and the original Employment, Skills and Training Head of Terms set out in the original report;

(2)      That, in the event of the requirements set out not being met, the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Public Protection Services be authorised to refuse permission;

(3)      That planning permission be subject to the conditions and informatives recommended in the original report, but with the removal of Conditions 11 and 14 as recommended in the update report, and the following amendments:

  • Condition 28 regarding the Travel Plan to be strengthened to require the school to explore how to improve the facilities to support cycling, including more cycle parking, storage and changing facilities;
  • Condition 20 regarding BREEAM rating to be amended to require the school to look at further ways to improve the BREEAM rating above 60%;
  • An additional informative encouraging the school to explore their opening hours to ease congestion;

(4)      That transport officers be asked to investigate the inclusion of bus stop markings near to the school in association with the wider requirement for alterations to Traffic Regulation Orders surrounding the school, to accommodate future bus services to the area.

Publication date: 23/06/2022

Date of decision: 01/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 01/06/2022 - Planning Applications Committee

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