New Woodlands Meed College granted planning permission

The new college building is expected to be completed in early December 2022, allowing pupils to use it from January 2023

Woodland Meed architectural drawing

Release date: 30 March 2021

A major project to rebuild Woodlands Meed College has today been given the green light and granted planning permission.

Earlier this month, West Sussex County Council appointed contractors to construct a new building for the college in Burgess Hill on its current playing field site and announced an earlier estimated completion date.

Today (Tuesday, 30 April 2021), members of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee unanimously voted to approve the plans.

Andrew Edwards, Director of Property and Assets, said: “Today’s planning approval marks another major milestone in this exciting project and I know will be welcomed by everyone connected with the school.

“The County Council is committed to providing pupils and staff with the facilities they need to thrive. We look forward to continuing to work with the school and governors as we turn these plans into reality.”

The now approved plans are to demolish the existing buildings and erect a new, two-story college building on the current playing field site. There will be a new floodlit, all-weather sports pitch and outside recreation areas.

Woodlands Meed students will continue to learn in their current classrooms until the new college is built to ensure there is no disruption to their learning.

The new college is expected to be completed in early December 2022, allowing pupils to use it from January 2023, five months sooner than originally scheduled. All additional playing areas and external works are due to be finished by June 2023, within the overall budget.

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