Opening of the public consultation on the new Willows High School
Members of the public are invited to share their views on the work associated with the construction of new housing for Willows High School.
The consultation marks the next stage of development to relocate and rebuild the secondary school on land off Lewis Road, Splott. If plans go ahead, the new school would have a full range of facilities which would be available for public use outside school hours and would be delivered under Cardiff Council’s Sustainable Communities for Learning scheme and of the Welsh Government Band B.
Pre-application consultation runs until Tuesday 16 August 2022 and allows people to have their say on the enabling work associated with the scheme, before a planning application is submitted to Cardiff Council’s Planning Committee. Proposals include;
- A stop order on Lewis Road and affected motorway works, to allow development
- Construction of active traffic lanes to the eastern perimeter of the site
- Installation of new utilities and relocation of existing services
- Excavation and earthworks, including removal of contaminated materials following ground disturbances
- Demolition of existing buildings on Portmanmor Road and at the Splott Market site
- Installation of secure fencing around site boundaries
Cardiff Deputy Leader of Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Jobs and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: ‘This public consultation is the next step in relocating and rebuilding Willows High School and associated enabling works to the project are an integral part of the development which, when completed, will provide exceptional facilities, expertise and teaching opportunities for students, staff and the community.
Cllr Sarah Merry added: “After reviewing several sites, the proposed location for the new school was found to be accessible to people in the catchment area with a range of active transport routes already in place. The Council’s commitment to develop active travel plans and accessible walking and cycling routes for all schools could be achieved by implementing new cycling routes and improving pedestrian facilities in the area.
“The new site would also have significant benefits for the school and the community, including opportunities to connect with local businesses and organizations in the area that can help create challenging, encouraging and challenging opportunities to promote the aspiration and success.
“I encourage people to come forward and have their say to help shape the plans that will support the development of the project, which not only represents a significant investment in the area, but will also ensure that the local community benefits from modern amenities. and excellent.”
A public walk-in session will take place at STAR Hyb, Muirton Road on Thursday July 28 from 3.30pm. – 6 p.m.
The planning application for the main construction of the new school is expected to be submitted in spring 2023 and if the proposals put forward would include;
- Move and rebuild the school on three plots of land at Splott Market and Portmanmoor Road; including access to the 3G grounds of the old tennis center and providing sufficient space for the new school without removing any existing open space.
- Provide students with access to a high quality learning environment to support and enhance teaching and learning.
- A community-oriented school with facilities available for use by the whole community outside of school hours.
- Improved pedestrian facilities to facilitate active travel on the Lewis Road site
- Capacity of 900 places for learners aged 11 to 16, in line with forecast demand
- Students should remain on the existing site of Willows High School until construction of the new school is complete to minimize the risk of disruption
In June 2021, an initial public consultation took place to ask members of the public for their views on what should be taught in school and how it should be delivered. The majority of opinions were in favor of the plans, with positive comments on the proposed facilities, support for student aspirations through working in partnership, and how the investment will improve education and community facilities for the communities of Adamsdown and Splott.
Cllr Merry added; “Responses gathered during the initial public engagement emphasized working collaboratively with a wide range of industry partners, allowing students to benefit from a rich curriculum that provides learning opportunities” in the real world”, inspiring them and helping them develop their skills to be resilient, innovative and problem-solving learners.
Subject to planning and procurement, construction of the new campus is expected to begin in fall 2023.