Poynton High School - disposal of playing field land.

Poynton High School is proposing for an artificial turf pitch to be constructed on its site to improve its sporting facilities for its pupils. The Cheshire East Playing Pitch Strategy has identified the need for an artificial pitch in the Poynton locality and this facility would be available for community use outside of the school day.

There are currently insufficient funds to deliver this project and therefore consideration is being given to a disposal of playing field land. This will offer the funding stream for the delivery of this project.

Any playing field disposal on a school site requires approval by the Secretary of State under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Section 77 requires that any proceeds from the disposal of playing field land are reinvested into capital facilities for sport (which will take priority), recreation or education facilities. 

As part of the Section 77 application process the Secretary of State requires that a period of consultation is undertaken prior to any submission. The period of consultation is 6 weeks and in accordance with the legislation the Council is seeking the views of the community over this proposal.

Please note the submission of this application to the Secretary of State for Education does not constitute a formal decision by Cheshire East Council to dispose of any land at Poynton High School

Feedback your views

All comments received before the closing date will be considered and reported to the Secretary of State who will decide whether or not to grant permission for the disposal of the land and its change of use. Please note that comments may be made public and personal details of respondents may be made available to the Secretary of State for Education and other third parties for the purposes of this application and consultation. 

Please submit your views by completing the feedback form (PDF, 49KB) before the closing date of Friday 6 March 2020 and post to:   

Cheshire East Borough Council,
School Organisation and Capital Strategy Team,
Floor 5, Delamere House,
c/o Municipal Building,
Earle Street,

or e-mail: SOCS@cheshireeast.gov.uk 

In addition a public consultation will be held at Poynton High School on 11 February between 3.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m where representatives from the school and the local authority will be available to answer questions and seek views.