Protesters are going back into action to fight the latest plans from the Durand Academy to extend the school on the former St Cuthman’s site at Stedham.
They have formed the St Cuthman’s Campaign Group to lead objections and a crowded public meeting was held in Stedham Memorial Hall attended by concerned villagers from Stedham, Woolbeding, Redorrd and Milland.
An overwhelming majority expressed their intention to write objecting to the plan when chairman of Stedham Parish Council Eddie Lintott who chaired the meeting asked for a show of hands.
The Durand Academy has submitted plans for temporary teaching and boarding accommodation at the school.
After a four year battle Durand opened a school, in autumn 2014, on the Stedham site for 48 year 9 weekly boarders travelling down from London.
There are currently around 90 pupils and the latest plan would bring in an additional 48 and two staff in pre-fabricated buildings.
Durand wants to demolish the listed Coach House and replace it with a single storey building to provide five classrooms. And it wants to build another prefabricated temporary two storey accommodation block on its tennis courts.
But objectors say ‘temporary’ is meaningless in planning terms.
Kate Hearle told the meeting: “An awful lot of people in this room went to school in temporary buildings which stayed up for 30 to 40 years. I think we need to know the exact intention of the school.”
She said the new pr-fab buildings were not appropriate in the national park, would be highly visible and would take out the tennis courts which were heavily used.
Mrs Hearle said light spill was also a concern in the national park which had recently gained Dark Sky status.
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