dha secure permission for the new John Wallis Academy
The John Wallis Church of England Academy was formed in 2010 as part of the Kent Batch 2 Academies programme and opened on the site of the former Ashford Christ Church School.
The creation of a new school development forms a crucial part of the delivery of this programme. The school site is located south of Stanhope Road, some 1.5k south west of the town centre in Ashford. The Academy is surrounded on all sides by residential development and the buildings of the former Linden Grove Primary School to the east. The school also serves the Stanhope Estate in South Ashford which has the highest concentration of deprivation in Ashford but is the subject of £200m PFI rebuild.
DHA worked with Willmott Dixon Construction and Hunters Architects to secure full planning consent for the erection of a new school building and associated facilities including:
Redevelopment of the western section of the main building to provide a new 2 storey main entrance area and theatre.
Erection of a new 3 storey skills block within the existing courtyard area.
Retention and refurbishment of the eastern wing of the main school building, the Runcie building, and the sports hall.
Demolition of the existing temporary LRC building.
Provision of on site car parking for 127 vehicles.
New strategic landscape provision.
The school is largely surrounded by residential properties with the most prominent views being along Millbrook Road. Protecting residential amenity and ensuring an acceptable visual impact in long range views from Stanhope were two of the key issues to be addressed. DHA worked closely with Willmott Dixon and DHA transport to demonstrate that the new school development would present no unacceptable impact on residential amenity in terms of environmental conditions and that the site would not create traffic and car parking issues in the roads surrounding the school.