Pirton Hill Primary School - Secretary of State Consent for change of use and disposal of playing field land

Closes 15 Apr 2021

Opened 4 Mar 2021


Luton Council would like your views on the proposal to dispose of land at Pirton Hill Primary School.

Pirton Hill Primary School have a 3400sqm area of land located within the South West corner of Pirton Hill Primary School. It is largely scrubland and has a steep gradient, limited access and is difficult to supervise adequately; so it is very rarely used by the pupils at the school.  (See Plan below). The site has potential to be used for residential development.

This change of use would maximise the site value and meet the Council’s obligations under the Local Government Act 1972 to achieve best value for the land. The proceeds of the disposal would be used to fund specific projects, which will improve and enhance facilities at the school, as well as providing much needed family homes.

The Council must achieve consent from the Secretary of State for Education (SoS), under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, to change the use of the 3400 sq m of playing field land to residential land, and for any subsequent disposal of the land.

As part of the SoS process, a six week consultation is required to seek the views from; the school, its parents, teachers & governors, local residents, other schools in the vicinity and the local MP. The views gathered from the consultation will be submitted as part of the application process to the Secretary of State, and they will take any valid objections into consideration when they make their decision to provide or refuse consent.

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Why we are consulting

This consultation is for Secretary of State purposes only. The Secretary of State seeks your views on the loss of the playing field land only. It will not take into account objections concerning the development of land, as they are matters for the planning process.

What Happens Next

All consultation feedback will be submitted to the Secretary of State (SoS) as part of the application for change of use/disposal of the school land. The SoS will either refuse or award consent. Information regarding the outcome of the Secretary of State decision will be posted on the consultation portal,

Alternatively you can email - schoolsconsultation@luton.gov.uk to request confirmation of the decision. The link below takes you to the Luton Council Planning site, where you can view the proposed planning application reference 20/00881/FUL.

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