Issue details

Transfer of Capital Funding for Bohunt, Horsham

In April 2017 the Department for Education approved a new Free School for the Horsham area under their Wave 12 Programme. The Sponsor is Bohunt Education Trust and the approved School is Bohunt Horsham. The co-educational all-through school which caters for children from the ages of four to sixteen opened in September 2019 on a temporary site in Hurst Road, Horsham.

 

The School’s permanent site will be on land on the East of Rusper Road, Horsham and was secured by the County Council through a Section 106 Agreement dated 1st March 2018 as part of the North of Horsham development.  On its new site the school will provide places for the children from the North of Horsham development and will also offer school places for young people in the locality.

 

Under the Section 106 Agreement, the developer is obligated to mitigate the impact of the development in terms of the increase in school places it will generate, and so the developer has agreed to pay financial contributions to the County Council. The financial contributions will be paid by the developer at agreed trigger points as the development progresses.  As the Department for Education (DfE) will be responsible for delivering the new school, the County Council will need to transfer these financial contributions to the DfE upon receipt.

 

This report also references the previous decision taken by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources (FR10(18/19) in relation to the purchase of land to facilitate the permanent site for Bohunt Horsham and the previous funding arrangements which include the reimbursement of 90% of the purchase price of the land upon the latter of either the date of the lease agreement or the date which falls sixty days after the Acquisition date of the land.

 

This report sets out the case to transfer the Section 106 funds to the Department for Education as a contribution towards the School. Funds will only be transferred when the triggers agreed within the Section 106 have been reached and the funds received by the County Council. No further funds are to be transferred.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: St Leonard's Forest;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/06/2020

Decision due: July 2020 by Director of Law and Assurance

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lead director: Tony Kershaw

Contact: Leigh Hunnikin, Project Manager Email: leigh.hunnikin@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 23051.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills via the author or officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

West Sussex Plan Priority: Best Start in Life

Decisions

Background papers

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