Issue details

Burgess Hill Northern Arc - New Secondary School - Allocation of Capital Funding for Design Fees

The County Council has a statutory duty to provide sufficient primary and secondary school places for all children who need a place.


Homes England has secured planning permission for a new 3500 home development on land known as the Northern Arc of Burgess Hill.  As part of the overall plan, a site for a new Secondary School has been provided to ensure sufficient secondary school places to serve the development. In addition, a financial contribution of £18m has been secured through a Section 106 Agreement to contribute towards the construction costs of the new school. 


All Year 7 places at local Secondary Schools are full for September 2021 and projections indicate a significant shortfall of secondary places in the area in future as the development is built out. A new Secondary School is therefore required to provide for both the increasing population in the area and the additional need generated by the development.


A feasibility study for building the new school has been commissioned through the County Council’s Multi-Disciplinary Consultant (MDC), Faithful+Gould Ltd. The school is proposed to open in September 2024; therefore following the conclusion of the feasibility study the detailed design phase will need to follow without delay.


The Secondary School will be designed to deliver against the County Council’s commitments as set out in the Climate Change Strategy.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Cuckfield & Lucastes;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/05/2021

Decision due: July 2021 by Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

Contact: Leigh Hunnikin, Project Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 23051.

Consultation process

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



Parents and local residents

Parish and District Councils

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


Background papers

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