Say NO to Route 39
Route 39 have lodged their planning application for Steart Farm as the permanent site for their 700 pupil secondary school..
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to everyone who has written in.
The date for the decision of the application is 4th September at 2pm
A Change of Vision
In February this year Route 39 submitted their first planning application to build a 700 pupil 'rural' secondary school on Steart Farm. In July they submitted their latest batch of additional documents.
In five short months they have gone from school to theme park.
Now they envisage the public will rush to pay them to use their ever increasing list of facilities:
- mountain biking
- climbing wall
- evening classes
- theatre facilities
- music/dance studio
- grass amphitheatre
- conference centre
- cricket nets
- five-a-side football
- multi-team badminton
- business support
- adult courses in: horticulture, forestry, conservation, business and estate management, environmental science, food science, food production and, curiously, animal care (will there be animals roaming round the site?)
In addition, they propose destroying the fragile pathways through adjacent ancient woodlands by taking the pupils on 'survival' hikes.
They will also be adding to their already enormous carbon footprint by busing the pupils around the county to participate in swimming, surfing, tennis, football, sailing and beach games.
Currently, Route 39 is struggling to get, AND KEEP, sufficient students to remain open.
The community and PE statements are little more than wishful thinking designed to ingratiate themselves to the planners by trustees who are failing to run a successful school, let alone being capable of running a successful, multi-purpose venue.
With wind turbines, solar farms and inappropriate house extensions being deemed unsuitable in AONB, this planning application must surely be the pinnacle of inappropriateness.
Do not let Route 39 destroy
our precious AONB