Planning permission submitted

Feedback of October 14 public meeting

Feedback of October 14 public meeting

The formal planning application was made on the 3 November 2014.  To see all the documents, maps and views expressed for and against the plans visit the Somerset County Council planning website link below:
http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/ePlanning/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=36242

Letter from Governors to the planners December 2014

It was pleasing to note that there was wide spread support for the  new school  with the main objections related to there being sufficient provision of onsite parking and possible traffic congestion on the roads surrounding the school. One suggestion to improve the parking was use of a grasscrete surface like the picture below:

Grass crete
Grass crete

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New School Open consultation meeting Thursday 9th October 2014

Plan of school shared Oct 14

Invite to public meeting Oct 14Over 250 people joined representatives from the school Governors, project management team, architects and builders to look at the detailed plans for the new school. This was a fantastic turn out with many also taking the time to fill out a feedback form, the summary of which is linked below.
Feedback on the consultation meeting copy

 

Plan sketch view shared Octo 14 Plan of school shared Oct 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The diagrams and video presentation captured the exciting proposals for an early years foundation unit; technology and art room with facilities for  cooking : outside classroom ; environmental areas including pond and wetland ; playing field; modern classrooms and a service kitchen to supply school meals on site  and to other local schools.

See previous blog post

 

 

Governors move into intensive period of meetings and workshop sessions reviewing all aspects of the new school.

Governors and Carol Bond May 14  2
Governors and Carol Bond May 14  2
Governing Body with Carol Bond

Over the period January 2014 through to December 2014, including during the midst of the summer holidays, a range of workshops and briefing meetings were held with the project management team, the NVB architects and the building firm BAM.  These meetings started with a review of the feasibility study that looked in detail at the options for the school site and confirmed that the best site was the proposed one off the West Camel Road opposite the Medical Centre. Workshops then looked in detail at the layout of the site, the internal design of the school and with a company call Portsdown the furniture and fittings. The committee learnt a lot from what a plenum is to the best way to fit teaching walls.
During this period both the school and Somerset County council held discussions with the Parish Council, Neighbourhood Front Runner development group, District and County Councillors Mike Lewis, representatives of St Barnabas’ Church ,the Queen Camel Medical Centre and community members. As a result of these discussions concerns were shared particularly  about the traffic management on the West Camel Road and parking on the school site, which resulted in changes to the design of the school site. The school governors with Somerset County Council also looked at the site around how best to lay  it out for community use.
To see Portsdown website http://www.portsdown.co.uk/
To see BAM website:  http://www.bam.co.uk/

To see NVB Architects website:http://www.nvbarchitects.co.uk/
Plenham: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air-mixing_plenum

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Governors meet the project management team

Project team May 14

Project team May 14

In late 2013 and early 2014 the school governors met with the Somerset County Council project officer Carol Bond( in picture) and the Futures for Somerset project manager Hadleigh Wells( in picture)  to start planning the new school building project in detail.  During this period the governors also formed a committee and delegated them powers to make the week by week decisions, with  Somerset  County Council, about the building and internal fitting  of the new school. This committee is Sue English,( in picture)  Mark Andrews, Rachel Scully and Simon Patton.  The committee report into the full board of governors at each meeting.

Link to Futures for Somerset website :  http://www.futuresforsomerset.co.uk/

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The plans and location of the new school considered

Plan shared at village meeting 2013

Plan shared with Village meeting 2013 During 2012 and 2013 at a range of  Queen Camel Village  consultation meetings  draft plans of new school and its possible location were shared and discussed . At the January 2013 Parish Council meeting a report of the latest position was given by the project officer from Somerset County Council which outlined that the site for the new school was likely to be the field opposite the medical centre.

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The reasons for the new school

2008 Floos school and raft

2008 Floos school and raft

In this section you can look up the main reasons why a new school is needed:

Queen Camel school back in action Western Gazette January 23  2009
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Queen-Camel-school-action/story-11768668-detail/story.html

Flash floods give pupils in Somerset villages an early Christmas December 15 2008
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Flash-floods-pupils-Somerset-villages-early-Christmas/story-11234507-detail/story.html

Countess Gytha County Primary School (Original Building Only) with South Boundary Wall and Railings, Queen Camel is a grade 2 listed building
http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-431109-countess-gwytha-county-primary-school-or

Countess Gytha County Primary School  Grid reference  ST5925
Countess Gytha wife of Earl Godwin and whose grandson was Harold II who became King in 1066 and was defeated and slain at the Battle of Hastings.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2606844