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					Mr J Bainton / Caroline Burden                                                      ……………………………………. ..
Director of Environment / Planning                                                  ………………………………………
Government Office for the North East                                                ………………………………………
Wellbar House                                                                       ………………………………………
Newcastle upon Tyne                                                                 ………………………………………
NE1 4TD (0191 202 3744)                                                             ………………………………………

School on Green Wedge Land – Low Lane Ingleby Barwick, Stockton
I object to the above on the following grounds:

1.   The site is designated as green wedge and is a natural break to the Leven valley. It must remain as green wedge as
     defined in the local plan, for local people to use for recreation, not new schools. All previous attempts to develop this
     land have been called in by Government Office. This application would leave the development of other green sites
     open to development for schools. This is both locally and nationally, as it sets a precedent. This application is therefore
     of national importance.

2.   There is already extensive traffic congestion on Barwick Way and Low Lane, which are adjacent to the site. This
     school will make that congestion intolerable. An extra 500 cars will clog up this area. This is the only southern exit out
     of Ingleby Barwick, one of only three in total. The site is adjacent to the exit / entry road and a 60mph road. It will
     cause traffic mayhem at peak periods. Green travel plans are all well and good in theory. In practice they do not work
     because of the demands of today’s lifestyle and reliance on the car.

3.   Land on the edge of village 6 (site 1) is available at a cost of £2.5million. This would enable a school of 420 places to
     be built. That would be adequate to meet the needs of most of the children on village 6. This is in the centre of Ingleby
     Barwick and would minimise traffic congestion. The Council’s Education Department do not want to pay the going
     rate for the land. This is twice as much as the above site, which is green wedge, would cost. The Council has neglected
     primary school children in the past on Ingleby Barwick. Some school sites have been taken for houses.

4.   If the proposals go ahead, it will leave Sober Hall village with 1030 school places (plus 210 at a Catholic primary
     school) available on the village with only 301 children actually living on Sober Hall village by 2009/10. The rest will
     come in from other villages. The majority will come in by car. This will lead to Sober Hall village becoming a traffic
     nightmare, with 730 children coming in from other villages to the schools sited on sober hall village. This is in
     addition to all the Secondary School Children leaving for Conyers each day. The proposed school at Low Lane would
     have at least 330 children attending it from other villages. They will come by car as it is a very long walk or bike ride.

5.   By 2009/10 the village with the largest number of primary school children will be Village 6 (not yet built), with 543
     children. If this proposal goes ahead, that village will have no school. The children will attend other schools on
     Ingleby Barwick. Most of them will go to the revamped old Ingleby Mill Site. The Council has a chance to do it right
     here, but appears intent on leaving village 6 with no school.

6.   The proposed school for 630 pupils contradicts Stockton Council’s policy on primary school size. That states
     that primary schools should not exceed 500 children.

7.   Both Ingleby Barwick (population 16,000) and Hilton Parish Council objected to the application. All Councillors on
     those local Councils live in their parishes. Not one Councillor on Stockton Council lives on Ingleby Barwick. They
     were minded to approve the application. Local people, who live on Ingleby Barwick, know what is best for Ingleby
     Barwick.

8.   Stockton Council has approved 562 houses on green wedge land since 1996, most around Ingleby Barwick. This
     has been done in a series of deals with developers. Hartlepool and Middlesbrough Councils have approved 10
     and 12 respectively in the same period. The local plan in Stockton is not worth the paper it is written on.

9.   The timing for this application is to buy the ruling party (majority of one) on the Council, electoral victory next years
     local election. Ingleby Barwick will go from one councillor to six. The ruling party will lose four of its seats elsewhere
     to make up for most of the increase in Ingleby Barwick. Local democracy indeed, or trying to make up for years of
     neglect in time to save ones seat of power.

10. The site should be opened up as a public park for recreation activities. There are none any where else on Ingleby
    Barwick. School sites should be in the interior area of Ingleby Barwick for ease of access both in and out of the new
    town. Please call in the application.

Yours faithfully



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