New primary school
As part of s. 106 obligations, it has been agreed with the Local Authority that a new primary school is required. TLP are advising in relation to the delivery of the school by:
Advising on and shaping the requirement: Following the last election, the Coalition Government launched a major review of Education Capital known as the James Review. This has led to significant reductions in both floor area requirements for schools and build costs. Many Local Authorities still adopt historic guidance and standards which can add significantly to the costs of school building delivery;
Identifying potential providers: we have extensive links with a number of Multi Academy Trusts who are looking for a pipeline of sites as they develop. These Trusts are successful education providers who are outside Local Authority control. Choosing to work with a Multi-Academy Trust may avoid the need for a competition under the Academy/Free School presumption and takes the project out of the control and sphere of influence of the Local Authority;
Advising on funding availability: there is the potential to use current National education capital programmes to fund some of the capital costs for the delivery of the schools. We can explain the timescales and processes involved in applying and securing free schools funding, together with the likely timescales associated with procurement, design, planning construction. TLP has first-hand experience of leading Academy Trusts through this exact process and we have very recently delivered four schools to contracts, with build programmes now on site.