Brierton School site: What should Hartlepool Council do with the land?

The former Brierton School site
The former Brierton School site
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People are being asked their views on the future use of part of the former Brierton School site in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council is re-consulting on a previous proposal to sell around eight acres of land on the western side of the site – outline planning permission for residential development was granted last year.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

It has launched a statutory six-week public consultation exercise ahead of an application to Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan for permission to sell the land.

The minister’s consent is required under Section 77 of the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 because the land was formerly part of a school.

The renewed consultation which will run until October 26, involves the council seeking the latest views of local schools, community and voluntary groups, sports clubs and the wider community on the proposed land sale.

As part of the exercise, a public meeting will take place at Brierton Community Sports Centre from 4.30-6.30pm on September 22.

Since Brierton School closed in 2009 a major redevelopment of the site has been undertaken which has included the upgrading of existing playing field pitches together with full-size 3G football pitch.

Part of the building has also been converted to provide a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
together with the relocation of the Student Support Service.

Fiona Bullen, the council’s principal estates surveyor, said: “The re-consultation, including the public meeting, is a fresh opportunity for local residents and service providers to comment on the proposed land sale.

“The meeting will be an informal event and we hope that as many people as possible turn up to make their views known.”

People unable to attend the public meeting can download a questionnaire at http://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/briertonconsultation.

Completed questionnaires should be returned to Damien Wilson, Assistant Director (Regeneration), Hartlepool Borough Council, Civic Centre (Level 3), Victoria Road, Hartlepool TS24 8AY. Alternatively, they can be emailed to briertonconsultation@hartlepool.gov.uk. All comments should be returned by October 26.

The results of the consultation will be summarised and reported to the Department for Education which will consider them when considering the Council’s application for disposal consent.