The Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities submitted a report that gave an update on the current position with regard to Rosebay Close, and to consider holding the site for a possible extension to Rosewood Primary School.
Rosebay Close was marketed as part of the Coulby Newham Plots for Sale in October 2011. The development guidance identified that the site had potential to deliver up to 10 large detached residential units. The Council received only one offer for the site. Since the granting of planning permission Yuill Homes were unable to complete the purchase of the site at the agreed date, following an extension, so the Council formally withdrew from the sale.
Due to the lack of initial interest in the site, the Council had withheld remarketing the site.
The site at Rosebay Close sits immediately adjacent to the playing fields at Rose Wood Primary School. The school had a surplus of outdoor area so there was some potential to increase capacity there within the existing site boundary to accommodate an increase in children numbers, which the report outlines in further detail.
The report outlined that there were two options available:
Option 1 - Retain the site at Rosebay Close for an extension to Rose Wood Primary School - this would ensure that if school numbers increased as projected the school could extend to accommodate the extra demand, without the threat of Secretary of State refusal. Sufficient school places close to the proposed Coulby Newham development would also increase the sites desirability amongst families.
Option 2 - Re market the site for residential development - the sale of the site would deliver a capital receipt to the Council and would also have further monetary benefits through an increased Council Tax base and New Homes Bonus. However this would place increased pressure on school numbers. In this scenario the scope for an extension at the school would be limited, meaning that the school would be full to capacity in 2022/3. Places would have to be provided at schools further afield.
That the report be considered; and
That the decision for the land at Rosebay Close be retained to facilitate a possible extension at Rose Wood Primary School, be approved.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
This would provide an option for the school to extend within its current boundary, enabling school places for children from the surrounding area.