Time for Rokeby residents to speak out

A protest from earlier in the summer against building on Rokeby field. NNL-160919-113012001
A protest from earlier in the summer against building on Rokeby field. NNL-160919-113012001

Time is running out to have a say on the current stage of the plans for the two new free schools at Rokeby which were on show at the recent exhibition on the estate.

The exhibition triggered a big turnout from residents but confusion on several aspects of what happens next.

One issue was whether feedback was wanted and if it would be considered before the making of an application for outline planning permission. In a statement to the Advertiser last week the Education Funding Agency (EFA) confirmed feedback will be accepted until this Sunday, October 9. And it confirmed the outline planning application will be submitted no earlier than October 21 this year.

There was also confusion at the exhibition about Warwickshire County Council’s role in that application.

A county council spokesman has confirmed the outline planning application will be made jointly by the EFA and by Warwickshire County Council.

This had sparked concern there would be a conflict of interest if the county council was a joint applicant and also making the decision.

But the spokesman said: “It is not unusual for the county council to be both applicant and regulator. It does not affect its impartiality in any way.”

The display boards which were on show at the exhibition are available to view on the Rugby Free Secondary School website in the news section under the heading, Our Permanent Home. Feedback can be emailed to: rugby@connectpa.co.uk

There will be further chance to comment when the application is made.