What is being proposed?
Full planning permission was approved in April 2014 for 2700 new homes to be located adjacent to the A120 in a planning area known as Bishop's Stortford North (area depicted by the red boundary in the map below). The Bishop's Stortford North Consortium of builders has an interest in approximately 320 acres of land within the town's northern bypass stretching from Farnham Road to the Tesco roundabout. The land has been identified as having potential to meet future requirements for housing since the mid-1980s.
These new homes will bring families, and their children will need school places. The challenge for the town is that all of the secondary schools in the area are full and there is little spare capacity across local primary schools. Without these new schools, there would be insufficient local school places. Herts County Council has indicated that this additional provision will be sufficient to cater for the town's needs for the foreseeable future.
Planning permission has been approved for the first primary school which will be 2 form entry (capacity for 60 pupils per year group). In addition, there will be provision for a nursery at this site. It is currently proposed that this school will open for children in September 2018. Full details of the planning for this school can be found here.
The secondary school, which will have 6 forms of entry (capacity for 180 pupils per year group) has outline planning permission. The playing fields for the school will be accessed by a new footbridge across the A120. It is currently proposed that the secondary school will open in September 2019. Details of the outline planning for this school can be found here.
The second primary school is still in the early stages of development and will have 3 forms of entry (capacity for 90 pupils per year group).
Further information about the residential elements of the development can be found here.