17 November 2010

Opinions are being sought on design proposals for Kettering Buccleuch Academy.

Northamptonshire County Council, Kettering Borough Council and United Learning Trust have organised two public exhibitions to gather local views on the access designs for the new building.

Outline planning permission was granted in May 2010 and before the final design is submitted for planning approval, the project team wants to gauge local feeling on the two access options for the Weekley Glebe playing fields.

The options are:

  • to create a small amount of parking spaces and a path from the entrance to the new academy to the existing playing fields.
  • to create a secure school boundary around the academy and move the main public access onto the Weekley Glebe to an improved entrance and car park area at the Weekley Glebe/Stamford Road junction.

Councillor Andrew Grant, county council cabinet member for children and young people, said: ”The exhibitions have been organised so residents can meet the project team, see the plans and give their views. We’ve had very positive and constructive responses to the previous consultation events about the new school building, so we’re very pleased to have the chance to involve the local community in this final stage before a formal planning application is submitted.”

The academy will benefit from a £20 million building programme to provide state-of-the-art education facilities from 2013.

These exhibitions will held at Weekley Glebe Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday 20 November and Kettering Buccleuch Academy at 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday 23 November. There is no need to book.

Additional information:

Kettering Buccleuch Academy, which is operated by the United Learning Trust, replaced Avondale Infants, Avondale Junior and Montagu Schools. As part of the academy project, the academy will benefit from a new building fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities from 2013.