Knowsley MBC's representation of public objections to Secretary of State to sale of site of Overdale Primary School, Kirkby.

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Dear Department for Education,
In December 2015/January 2016 Knowsley MBC sought public objections to the sale, for housing development, of the site of the former Overdale Primary School, Roughwood Drive, Kirkby, Merseyside. Over 200 objections were expressed despite the consultation period being over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. No information has been forthcoming from the Local Authority as to the response of the Secretary of State although it appears that the land has been sold.
I request on behalf of local residents:
1. Confirmation that the representations of local residents were actually received by the relevant persons at the Department;
2. What the considered response of the Secretary of State was to the objections.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Watts

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Mr Watts,

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
correspondence has been allocated reference number 2017-0002223.

 

Thank you                                                                 

 

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Mr Watts,

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
correspondence has been allocated reference number 2017-0002223.

 

Thank you                                                                 

 

Department for Education

Ministerial and Public Communications Division

Tel: 0370 000 2288

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

Dear Mr Watts,

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 11
January 2017.

 

You requested:

 

‘In December 2015/January 2016 Knowsley MBC sought public objections to
the sale, for housing development, of the site of the former Overdale
Primary School, Roughwood Drive, Kirkby, Merseyside. Over 200 objections
were expressed despite the consultation period being over the Christmas
and New Year holiday period. No information has been forthcoming from the
Local Authority as to the response of the Secretary of State although it
appears that the land has been sold.

 

I request on behalf of local residents:

1. Confirmation that the representations of local residents were actually
received by the relevant persons at the Department;

2. What the considered response of the Secretary of State was to the
objections.’

 

I have dealt with your request under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.

 

The Council has applied to dispose of the former Overdale Primary School
site under Schedule 1 to the Academies Act 2010 and Section 77 of the
School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

 

I can confirm that the Department received, as part of the Council’s
application, around 205 petitions objecting to the sale of the site and
requesting that the land be retained for local community use for a
proposed adventure park.

 

Officials are still working on this application. As part of the normal
decision making process, the Secretary of State is made aware of
objections before she makes her decision.

 

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