Decision details

Proposal to Enlarge Joy Lane (Community) Primary School, Whitstable

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to the permanent expansion ofJoy Lane (Community) Primary School by 210 places taking the PAN to 90 (3FE) for the September 2015 intake and eventually a total capacity of 630 places.


a.          Capital – The enlargement of the school requires the provision of 7 additional classrooms, as well as ancillary facilities.  A feasibility study has been commissioned. The total cost is estimated to be in the region of £1,500,000.  Appropriate funding has been identified as part of the Medium Term Capital Programme.   The costs of the project are estimates and these may increase as the project is developed.  If the cost of the project is greater than 10% the Cabinet Member will be required to take a further decision to allocate the additional funding.

b.          Revenue – For a period of three academic years from September 2015, the school will receive protection for an additional 30 Reception Year pupils at the rate of £2,727 per pupil.  For each additional classroom, resulting from the expansion of the school, the sum of £6,000 will be allocated towards the classroom setup costs.

c.          Human – Joy Lane Primary School will appoint additional teachers, as the school size increases and the need arises.



The Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform has taken the decision to:

(i)            Issue a public notice to expand Joy Lane Primary School, by 210 places from 2FE to 3FE.


And, subject to no objections being received to the public notice


(ii)          Expand the school


(iii)         Allocate £1,500,000 from the Education. Learning and Skills Capital Budget.


Should objections be received during the notice period a separate decision will be required in order to continue the proposal and expand the school to allow for proper consideration of the points raised.  This decision is conditional upon the grant of planning permission under Part 3 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by 1 October 2014

Publication date: 24/03/2014

Date of decision: 24/03/2014

Effective from: 01/04/2014

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