Schools: Planning Permission

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to local authorities which, in determining the site for a new school, approve a location that would require pupils to walk two to five miles in order to attend.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In England, specific guidance is not provided on the location of schools. The Government places great importance on ensuring that a sufficient choice of school places is available to meet the needs of existing and new communities. It expects local authorities to work collaboratively with school promoters to find suitable locations, while considering statutory duties around home to school transport and sustainability as well as other relevant factors. It is not always possible for children to be able to attend a school within walking distances, particularly in more rural areas, in which case the local authority would be under a duty to make travel arrangements where they considered it necessary to secure a child’s attendance at school.

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