When will Mindenhurst Primary School open?
The new Mindenhurst school is complete and was handed over to Surrey County Council on 15th January 2021. SCC confirmed that they are committed to opening the primary school and are working to establish an academy trust to run the school. As a new school, they need to ensure there are enough pupils to make it viable and will therefore only open once there are a sufficient amount new residents living in the development. They explained that opening a new school too early would have a significant impact on other local schools and the council is trying to avoid this happening so that existing schools remain sustainable.
Our team will have no input into the running of the school or recruitment. This will be carried out by SCC and the operator.
Will there be a new food store?
We are pleased to announce that negotiations are in the final stages with an independent development company for the sale of the Foodstore at Mindenhurst.
Newfoundland Developments, in association with the Co-op, will take forward a detailed planning application for a new convenience food store at Mindenhurst and will bring forward planning proposals over the summer.
The scheme will utilise the building of the former RLC museum, accessed from the new Mindenhurst Road.
There is still much to do to ensure the foodstore is brought to the community in a timely manner, not least, planning application and permission and we encourage you to engage with the scheme, as and when the detail is available.
Why are mounds of earth stored on the cricket field?
The old cricket field is being used to store soil excavated from the development for potential future use. This forms part of our material reuse strategy for the project. Where possible, we plan to reuse soil as much as possible as opposed to disposing of it as waste and bringing in new soil. As an example, we reused 2250m3 of soils to construct Mindenhurst Primary School which is the equivalent of 150 tipper trucks loads.
These stockpiles have been tested and do not contain any asbestos. Any soil excavated that does contain asbestos of any volume or description is removed from site and disposed of in line with regulations.
This area will be developed into the allotments in a later phase of the development.
Why are trees being removed?
Trees will only be removed if strictly necessary and with approval from the Local Authority. A number of trees have been removed to facilitate the development which includes housing developer parcels.
Unfortunately, it was also necessary to remove trees and vegetation to undertake remediation activities to deal with historic contamination on the site.
Long term, the development has in place a biodiversity net gain strategy which aims to retain and enhance the habitats at Mindenhurst and increase the overall biodiversity of the area. To read more about our biodiversity net gain strategy please read the article in our Autumn 2020 Newsletter.
What is happening to resolve the drainage issues?
We have carried out several temporary and permanent measures over the last 12 months to manage the surface water outfall across the project. There is further attenuation in the final scheme however, until we have planning consent, we are actively looking at increasing the temporary provision. We are hopeful we will receive approval this spring and will then start procurement and construction of the permanent Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDs).
We are in dialogue with the Environment Agency and Basingstoke Canal Authority to identify temporary and permanent measures to avoid future issues.
Why are areas of land fenced off in and around the Central SANG?
There is a small area fenced off along the south of the Central SANG (path that runs adjacent to the assault course). This is due to the presence of Japanese Knotweed which is very easily spread and is fenced off to prevent further spread. The knotweed is currently undergoing an annual chemical treatment programme.
To the East of the Central SANG (behind Portesbery School) work is still in progress. Remediation of this area was completed last year and the area is safe. However it still requires landscaping which is subject to SHBC granting planning permission. This application has been submitted and as soon as it is granted we will mobilise to complete the works. The green fencing to the back of Portesbery School denotes the ownership boundary between the MOD Training Ground and the land the council will adopt when works are completed.