Issue details

Burgess Hill Northern Arc - New Secondary School - Allocation of Capital Funding for Enabling Works

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.  The school is proposed to open in September 2024.


All Year 7 places at local Secondary Schools are full for September 2021. 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.


In July 2021 the Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills approved the capital funding to enable the detailed design for building the new school to be progressed through the County Council’s Multi-Disciplinary Consultant (MDC), Faithful+Gould Ltd (decision LS03(21/22) refers).   The detailed design will enable the procurement process for construction of the school to be commenced.


The Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills will be asked to approve:-


(1)The commencement of a procurement exercise for appointment of a building contractor

(2)The allocation of funds required to enter into a pre-construction services agreement and enabling works package and

(3)The delegation of authority to the Director of Property and Assets to award the contract for pre-construction services and enabling works and the submission of a reserved matters planning application.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: Cuckfield & Lucastes;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/07/2021

Decision due: January 2022 by Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

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

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

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