Have your say on plans for schools in Seaton Delaval

First look at plans for Seaton Delaval’s new £40m carbon neutral super school

Here's how Northumberland’s first carbon neutral school could look.  

The County Council is proposing to invest £40m in replacing the Astley Community High School and Whytrig Middle School buildings in Seaton Delaval to create a first-class learning environment fit for the future.  

A pre-planning consultation event will take place on Tuesday 12 July where there will be an opportunity for members of the local community, school staff, parents, carers and pupils to review the design proposals and provide feedback before the planning application is submitted.  

The design and project teams will be available on the evening to answer any questions and take feedback on the proposals for the new shared site which is situated off The Avenue and Astley Road. 

It is proposed that the new school buildings, designed by Ryder Architecture, will use innovative technologies to create the first carbon neutral school in Northumberland, supporting the council’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. 

Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “These are really ambitious proposals for new school buildings that will transform education facilities for generations of young people in Seaton Delaval and the surrounding areas.  

“The new on-site sporting and community facilities will also benefit the wider Seaton Valley community.   

“Feedback from the local community is very important and we hope as many people as possible will find out more and share their views to help shape this exciting development.” 

The enhanced facilities include: 

  • A new swimming pool for the schools and the local community 

  • A floodlit 3G full size Rugby/Football pitch 

  • Two Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) split between the two schools providing seven tennis courts in total 

  • Three 5-a-side grass football pitches 

  • Three 7-a-side grass football pitches 

  • Two 9-a-side grass football pitches 

  • Two full size grass football pitches 

  • Forest school 

  • SEN specific facilities to include pupils in mainstream education where appropriate 

  • Off-site parking providing staff parking as well as the opportunity for parent drop off and pick up. 

The event will be held at Astley Community High School, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, NE25 0BP on Tuesday 12 July from 6pm until 8pm.  

Anyone who cannot attend the event on 12 July, will be able to visit the website https://dppukltd.com/seatondelavalschools from 12-19 July to view the proposals and provide any comments.

Following this consultation, a planning application will be submitted, and the planning department will offer a further opportunity for residents to provide their views. 

For further information on the project visit: https://padlet.com/Northumberland/seatonvalley



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