Welwyn Garden City school field sold for housing

MORE than three acres of a school playing field has been sold, to make way for housing.

Contracts have been exchanged between Hertfordshire County Council and the property developer for an undisclosed sum for the land at Sir Frederic Osborn School in WGC.

The sale of 17 per cent of the Herns Lane school’s field to house builder Crest Nicholson will unlock cash for the School Incentive Scheme.

Headteacher Sue Lewis said: “We’re optimistic this project will now go ahead and provide the school and our local community with a much needed sports hall and all-weather pitch.

“As the hub site for the Welwyn Hatfield School Games Partnership we will ensure the facilities benefit all our partner schools.

“The wider community will have access to the facilities in the evenings, at weekends and in the school holidays.”

Chair of governors, Tobit Roth, said: “Many people have worked a long time to achieve this project and it will be heartening to see it move into the next phase.

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“I look forward to the benefits this will bring to both the community and the school.”