Ian Watts (Area Education Officer – North Kent) and Christine McInnes (Director of Education) were in attendance for this item.
The chairman read a statement from Mr Streatfeild in support of the proposal. Mr Watts introduced the report which followed up decision number 20/00009 (proposal to expand Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys onto a satellite site) and decision number 20/00045 (purchase of land south of Seal Drive, Sevenoaks), and provided details of the project and funding to extend the sports offer to the three schools on the Wilderness Campus and the local community.
RESOLVED to endorse the proposed decision of the Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services to:
A) endorse the addition of £1.5m of Community Infrastructure Levy funding to total the project budget for the expansion of Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys onto a satellite, to provide enhanced sporting facilities on the Wilderness Campus. The total budget allocated for the expansion will increase to £17.4m.
B) delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, to approve necessary development works required to develop the land into usable playing fields and to finalise the terms of and enter into relevant contracts or other legal agreements as required to implement this decision.
C) delegate authority to the Director of Infrastructure in consultation with the General Counsel and Director of Education to enter into any necessary contracts / agreements on behalf of the County Council.
D) authorise the Director of Infrastructure to be the nominated Authority Representative within the relevant agreements and to enter into variations as envisaged under the contracts.