Honywood Community Science School in Coggeshall grateful for generous land donation

Land donation allows school to proceed with £30m rebuild project

Land donation allows school to proceed with £30m rebuild project

First published in News

A land donation could allow a school to move into a new £30million building as part of a development which will create 350 homes.

Honywood Community Science School, in Westfield Drive, Coggeshall, announced it was seeking sponsors for the ambitious project last February.

But headteacher Simon Mason announced last week that construction was “absolutely achievable” in the near future thanks to the neighbouring Marks Hall Estate charitable trust.

Mr Mason said: “Thanks to the unbelievable generosity of the trustees of the Marks Hall Estate, we have been presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure something truly incredible for our community.”

The proposals will see the new building created close to the current school site, with housing being built on land currently occupied by the school, plus some of the land donated by the trust.

The sale of the land for housing will allow the school to raise the £30million it needs, if planning permission is granted.

But the possibility of 350 new homes being created, which could increase Coggeshall's population by more than a quarter, has been met with opposition by many residents.

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1:19pm Mon 7 Apr 14

LeQueen says...

Good luck with the project. Mr Mason is an inspired Head. The students are lucky to have him. Honywood is a wonderful school and i wish them all the very best of luck.
Good luck with the project. Mr Mason is an inspired Head. The students are lucky to have him. Honywood is a wonderful school and i wish them all the very best of luck. LeQueen
  • Score: -6

1:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

justice 4 all says...

there is nothing wrong with the old school, its all about mr masons ego, i cant get a doctors apointment as it is.
there is nothing wrong with the old school, its all about mr masons ego, i cant get a doctors apointment as it is. justice 4 all
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

R Souls says...

This development is wrong on so many levels and the dreams of a fantasist, who should really stick to being Headmaster of a school rather than telling fairy stories to his pupils and the media.

He has failed to consult with any of the other stakeholders who would be affected by these proposals, including other schools in the area, the doctors and also the residents. Not to mention the local councils, the highways, the environment agency and the education authorities.

The local roads are at saturation point, especially the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey. The school is situated close to one of the most dangerous sections of that road and a bit of tweaking with the junction is not going to provide a magic cure. The addition of an extra 350 homes will only exacerbate the situation.

Until the government are able to upgrade the A120 then Essex County Council should seriously consider a restriction on any development between Braintree and Marks Tey.
This development is wrong on so many levels and the dreams of a fantasist, who should really stick to being Headmaster of a school rather than telling fairy stories to his pupils and the media. He has failed to consult with any of the other stakeholders who would be affected by these proposals, including other schools in the area, the doctors and also the residents. Not to mention the local councils, the highways, the environment agency and the education authorities. The local roads are at saturation point, especially the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey. The school is situated close to one of the most dangerous sections of that road and a bit of tweaking with the junction is not going to provide a magic cure. The addition of an extra 350 homes will only exacerbate the situation. Until the government are able to upgrade the A120 then Essex County Council should seriously consider a restriction on any development between Braintree and Marks Tey. R Souls
  • Score: 9

4:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

R Souls says...

Oh and additionally, Marks Hall was previously owned by Thomas Phillips Price and he "made provision in his will to leave the whole of his Essex estate to the nation in the interest of agriculture, "

Nothing about selling off the land for housing then...... Marks Hall should be ashamed of themselves.
Oh and additionally, Marks Hall was previously owned by Thomas Phillips Price and he "made provision in his will to leave the whole of his Essex estate to the nation in the interest of agriculture, " Nothing about selling off the land for housing then...... Marks Hall should be ashamed of themselves. R Souls
  • Score: 9

4:36pm Mon 7 Apr 14

R Souls says...

Oh and I also forget to mention, according to a report by ECC, most of the other schools in the local area do have additional capacity to take more students. Honywoods does have a good reputation, and is over subscribed, but at the expense of the uptake at other local schools. Mr Mason is reported as saying that the new school will not be proposing to increase their pupil numbers. So, why do they need to build a brand new one?
Oh and I also forget to mention, according to a report by ECC, most of the other schools in the local area do have additional capacity to take more students. Honywoods does have a good reputation, and is over subscribed, but at the expense of the uptake at other local schools. Mr Mason is reported as saying that the new school will not be proposing to increase their pupil numbers. So, why do they need to build a brand new one? R Souls
  • Score: 8

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