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Huge School Proposal Rejected by the Government

posted May 23, 2011, 7:33 AM by Mark Castle
A Victory for Common Sense

The Save Woolmer Green Campaign has recently learnt that the We Need a School (WNAS) Free School application to build an 800+ pupil secondary school in or around Woolmer Green or Knebworth on The Green Belt has been rejected by the Department for Education (DfE).

The welcome news came in the form of a telephone call from the DfE who explained that they had not approved the WNAS business case along with all the other Free School applications but that WNAS could re-apply under the new Free Schools process if they wished. However, the Save Woolmer Green group understands that WNAS will not be re-applying on June 1st.

Save Woolmer Green Campaign spokesperson Gareth Lloyd said “The Save Woolmer Green Campaign considers the rejection of WNAS plans by the DfE to be a victory for common sense against unnecessary development of a new build school that the local community neither needs nor wants on The Green Belt. The views of the majority have finally been recognised resulting in the threat to village life being lifted”.

The Save Woolmer Green campaign group, set up to oppose these proposals, would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of our supporters and the 2000+ residents that signed our petition against the WNAS proposal as well as the very generous donations from local residents and businesses.