Issue details

13/00013/3 - Relocation of Laleham Gap - Part 2 - Land Exchange

To seek approval for a land exchange for a site at New Haine Road, Ramsgate owned by East Kent Opportunities where a new SEN school is to be built to replace Laleham Gap School, Margate and Laleham Gap House School, Broadstairs as per decisions 13/00013/1 and 13/00013/2.


Final terms for the transaction will be advised. The Decision will seek for legal agreements to be actioned to complete the land exchange. Funding has been secured from the Governments priority school build programme to fund the necessary capital works.


This decision relates to the Bold Steps for Kent in providing value to secure an alternative site to assist the capital programme. The Laleham Gap School site will ultimately be redeveloped and therefore provide an opportunity to build a strong relationship with key business sectors across Kent through the construction on the site. The future use of the development will have a positive impact on the local economy.


Impact/costs and risks of proposed decision

The impact of the decision will be that the proposed replacement school will be completed as quickly as possible to ensure that the capital programme is delivered.  Without the decision, the replacement school will be delayed which will affect the delivery of the capital programme and prolong the current school provision which is insufficient and outdated. Refurbishment of the existing school buildings is not a feasible option and does not overcome operational difficulties.



Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: Margate & Cliftonville;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/06/2013

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services

Contact: Rebecca Spore, Director of Infrastructure 01622 691151 Email: Email: Tel: 01622 221151.


The proposed decision was considered and endorsed by the Property Sub-Committee at its meeting on 11th July 2013.  The committee report was exempt from publication but public minutes of the committee’s consideration can be viewed by clicking on the link below

Financial implications: Rebecca Spore Director of Property & Infrastructure Support 01622 221151

Legal implications: 13/00013/B