Decision details

North Solihull Primary Programme – Phase 4b St Anthony’s and St. John The Baptist RC Primary Schools

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet was invited to approve the commencement of the next stage of the design process for St Anthony’s and St John the Baptist RC Primary Schools, the final schools within the North Solihull Primary Programme.


The Cabinet Member Education, Skills and Culture advised that the report set out the essential elements of the briefs that would form the basis for moving forward into the second stage of detailed design. He also informed Members that as these were the final schools within the programme they were directly linked to the NSP Business Plan contribution of £2.5m. The schemes also focussed upon the existing sites and as remodelled proposals had not required the same level of exposure as new developments on relocated sites.


The financial implications of the project were detailed in the report, but the Cabinet Member highlighted the NSP contribution and that funding was subject to the accrual of future land receipts from planned developments and the final approval of the NSP Board.


A further report would be presented to Members ahead of a detailed planning application to ensure that the financial implications were fully aligned. A final report would be presented for approval following planning approval and procurement prior to work starting on site.


Members commented that the Schools Improvement Programme had been started some years ago, and although it had taken a little longer than planned to get to the final two schools, this was a significant achievement, especially in light of recent economic conditions. Members also noted how crucial land receipts were in being able to complete the final two schools.



(i)  That the commencement of the second stage of design development to enable preparation of detailed planning proposals for St Anthony’s and St John the Baptist RC Primary Schools based upon their draft design briefs (accessible on line) be approved; and


(ii)   That a provisional budget for each school, subject to funding being available in the North Solihull Partnership (NSP) business plan be approved.


Report author: Anthony Watson

Publication date: 25/07/2014

Date of decision: 24/07/2014

Decided at meeting: 24/07/2014 - Cabinet

Effective from: 02/08/2014

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