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Epsom & Ewell High School

BSfN were appointed by Bourne Education Trust following frustration with a previous consultant and their failure to deliver.

The school has surplus land which comprises about 7 acres of self-contained and redundant playing fields.

BSfN prepared a feasibility study following which a project strategy was formed to implement residential development on the surplus land, disposal to a residential developer and investment in the school’s facilities with the income.

The residential development will provide policy compliant affordable housing for the local community.

The investment at EEHS will include replacement of two decrepit 1970’s RoSLA buildings, a new sports hall, artificial sport pitches, changing pavilion and enhanced parking. The sports facilities will be available for community use.  The land sale income also allows for buildings investment within the Multi-Academy Trust’s other schools.

 

“Congratulations and thanks must go to Mark at BSfN. Without his tenacity and single mindedness the school would have had absolutely no chance of negotiating the minefield of dealing with a housing developer and the myriad other complications.”

Rob Issac
Project Manager
Bourne Education Trust

This £20m+ project is work in progress but is on track for successful delivery. 

The activities undertaken to date include:

  • Feasibility study
  • ESFA approval
  • Residential masterplanning
  • School/education masterplanning
  • Land ownership clarifications
  • Appointment of planning consultant
  • Highways report
  • Ecology report
  • Topographic survey
  • Planning pre-application process
  • Appointment of lawyer
  • Appointment of land agent
  • Marketing of disposal site
  • Selection of preferred residential developer
  • Agreement of heads of terms
  • Further pre-application process
  • Exchange of conditional contracts
  • Public and community consultation
  • Planning application submitted

Planning consent has recently been granted, subject to a s106 Agreement. The extensive plans to provide the school with brand new, state of the art facilities including sports pavilion, artificial pitches, natural turf pitches, new sports hall, new teaching block, will be implemented over the next 3 years.

The project includes a land disposal to Bellway Homes for residential development. The proceeds of the land sale are funding the improvement of the school’s facilities. MEA’s sister company, Building Schools for Nothing (BSfN), worked tirelessly with the school to structure and implement the complex strategy and is delighted that the project is now progressing to implementation.