A detailed planning application is being prepared for a new secondary school (6 forms of entry, 1150 pupils aged 11-18) to be constructed on land north of Lower Luton Road/east of Common Lane in Harpenden.

The planning application is being prepared on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and The Harpenden Secondary Education Trust (HSET). It is currently proposed that the planning application will be submitted to Hertfordshire County Planning Authority in September 2017.

The EFSA in partnership with the HSET, have announced details of their forthcoming public consultation on the emerging planning application proposals. The purpose of the exhibition is to inform and seek the views of parents, local residents and other interested parties.

Four public exhibitions will take place on the following dates at the following venues:

  • Monday 10th July 2017 from 3.00pm-8.30pm at the Fenwick- Ames Suite, Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden, AL5 1AB
  • Thursday 13th July 2017 from 3.00pm-8.30pm at the Batford Memorial Hall, Tallents Crescent, Batford Harpenden AL5 5BS
  • Wednesday 19th July 2017 from 3.00pm-8.30pm at the Wheathampstead Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead AL4 8AY
  • Thursday 20th July 2017 from 3.00pm-8.30pm at Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High Street Redbourn AL3

A spokesperson for the Education Funding and Skills Agency said:

“In partnership with the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust and lead contractor Kier Construction we are pleased to present the local community with a chance to view our plans and have any questions answered.

“We look forward to working with parents and residents to design plans for the Katherine Warington School so that we can unlock the new school places that Harpenden needs.”

Philip Waters, Chair of the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust, said:

“We are delighted that dates for this consultation have been announced. We can’t wait for Harpenden and the surrounding community to see the plans and offer their feedback. The new designs are extremely exciting and promise state of the art teaching spaces to enable new generations of Harpenden children to get the very best out of their secondary education.

“We look forward to working with our partners to seeing their designs for our new home take shape and come to life.”