Bidwells researched the need for a primary school as part of the Darwin Green Phase 2&3 development.
What we did
Assessed the quantum of local primary school provision
Identified current and future capacity and compared this with projected demand for school places
Organised and chaired round table discussions with local headteachers, governors, ward councils and education officers to understand the impact of recent school expansion on other schools’ viability
Identified excess capacity in the system calling into question the need for the primary school on the clients’ site
Provided evidence to support a S106 agreement that the land be considered for residential use, if demand for education does not materialise
Client was happy to have this land use flexibility, without incurring additional planning processes.