Demand Derbyshire County Council addresses Glossopdale School capacity problems urgently!

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2019 school admissions reveal Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has effectively cut Glossop from the catchment area for the so-called "Glossopdale School" through incompetent planning. Glossop children are left with a choice of a faith-based school or an 8 mile journey to New Mills.

DCC assured the people of Glossop that its new £23M school would accommodate the community. In May 2018 they stated scope to increase capacity from 1,200 to 1,440 if "there is a longer term demand for these places". The new building has inevitably led to an increase in applications. The High Peak Local Plan 2016 states "DCC has identified a need for additional school capacity to meet the forecasted increase in school places arising from the proposed additional housing provision". That forecast was 761. Planning permission is granted for an additional 650 houses in the town, plus another 250 applications waiting: 900 in total.

The "longer term demand" is patently there! So what is DCC waiting for? School applications were received in October 2018 - why has DCC yet to initiate action to accommodate 2019 demand?