Hatfield school unveils major development plan

Onslow St Audrey's School head teacher Michael Harpham with the school's exhibition

Onslow St Audrey's School head teacher Michael Harpham with the school's exhibition - Credit: Archant

Hatfield’s only mixed secondary school has unveiled plans for major structural improvements funded by a substantial housing development on its grounds.

In a project outlined in a recent exhibition, Onslow St Audrey’s School proposes to relinquish land worth £4.9million to the Home Group, which would complete the redevelopment, including new science labs and sports facilities, in exchange.

Headteacher Mike Harpham said: “Assuming it all goes through, it will be a fantastic investment for the school and the people of Hatfield.

“It will be the first time since the school was built in 1959 that it has had significant investment.”

After digesting feedback to its exhibition, the school will submit a detailed planning application in September, and hopes work will start early next year, for completion in the middle of 2018.

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The Home Group proposes to build 80 to 100 houses of various sizes on the east of the Old Rectory Lane school site, with an “affordable” proportion to be decided in talks with the borough council.

But the project has already been approved by county council education bosses and the Government.

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The school redevelopment, which will be completed first, includes a science block, a new indoor sports hall with changing rooms, two all- weather pitches, and an informal play area, together with parking areas and cycle storage.

Comments should be emailed to admin@onslow.herts.sch.uk

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