Hounslow agree Free School lease

Hounslow Council has agreed the heads of terms regarding the short term two year lease for temporary accommodation for Floreat Free School in Brent Lea recreation ground.

The school will open in September 2015 and will have two forms of entry.

A second heads of terms for a longer 125 year lease was also approved, in order for the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to proceed with a bringing forward a planning application for a permanent school building on the site. Those heads of terms are subject to the outcome of any planning application.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The council, working with Floreat, will actively seek out an alternative suitable site for a new permanent site for the school.

“Brentford has a particularly high demand for school places. If planning permission be granted for a permanent school, the EFA will fund the capital cost of building the two form entry primary free school – meaning that pupil places will be provided for the borough without the cost to the council of building a new school.”

Councillor Tom Bruce, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “I understand the strength of feeling from residents about the idea of building on green spaces. As a council, we need to meet our statutory requirements to provide very child in Hounslow with a school place, and we need to work with Free Schools and the EFA to achieve the best possible outcomes for children. Our overriding priority is that that Hounslow children get the very best education and start to life.”

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