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St. Thomas of Canterbury School: Playing Fields

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement and consent given by his Department to St. Thomas of Canterbury School in Merrow, Guildford to sell part of its playing fields; (145892)

(2) what conditions were attached to the permission given by his Department to St. Thomas of Canterbury School in Merrow, Guildford to sell part of its playing fields; and whether any minimum (a) sale price and (b) capital value was specified.

In May 2007 the governing body of St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School received the Secretary of State’s consent to dispose of part of its detached playing field. Approval was given on condition that the land was sold for a price of not less than £1.2 million and all of the sale proceeds were to be used to improve the school’s remaining outdoor and indoor sports facilities. A further condition of approval was that a community user of the playing field subject to the application was guaranteed access to the school’s remaining improved sports facilities. Officials are sending to the hon. Member a copy of the letter of consent.