New secondary school site secured in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 11:46 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:06 26 September 2016

Farmland bordering Common Lane on which Herts county council is keen to build a new school

Farmland bordering Common Lane on which Herts county council is keen to build a new school

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Contracts have been exchanged for the site of a proposed secondary school on Green Belt land in Harpenden.

Herts county council has today (Wednesday) announced that it is now entering into detailed discussions with the Education Funding Agency and the Harpenden Secondary Education Trust on the next steps needed to have the school built, including submitting a planning application.

Contracts were exchanged last Friday (15) with the owners of the farmland, situated on the corner of Lower Luton Road and Common Lane.

Had the land not been secured through contractual negotiations with the landowners, the council made it clear that it was willing to invoke compulsory purchase powers to obtain it, if necessary.

There will be more information - and local reaction - in tomorrow’s edition of the Herts Advertiser.

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