Donating land to school will help safeguard estate future, trustees say

The Marks Hall Estate has donated land to Honywood School

The Marks Hall Estate has donated land to Honywood School

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The trustees of a historic country estate have defended the donation of land which could see a new school and 350 homes built.

Honywood Community Science School in Coggeshall has announced its intention to fund a £30m rebuild by selling land to developers for housing.

The project has become a possibility after the neighbouring Marks Hall Estate donated some of its land to the school.

Opponents of the scheme have accused trustees of going against the will of Thomas Phillips Price, who left the 2,300-acre estate to the nation “In the interest of agriculture, arboriculture and forestry” upon his death in 1932.

Trustee Graeme Fraser Steele said: “The enabling residential development will not only allow for the provision of inspiring new school premises, playing fields and facilities for the benefit of the entire community, it will also provide considerable financial contribution to the Marks Hall Estate, allowing us to safeguard its future."

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3:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bhudeeka says...

heinous all for money not caring anything about the area or residents don't understand why the British keep tolerating these constant destructions of your lovely countryside without protesting
heinous all for money not caring anything about the area or residents don't understand why the British keep tolerating these constant destructions of your lovely countryside without protesting Bhudeeka
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4:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

pierre-pierre says...

being a Marks Hall member I was a bit worried about it, so got this from research

The Marks Hall Estate is working to support an initiative proposed by the Honywood Community Science School to move to a new site and build new school premises, simultaneously raising considerable funds to help safeguard the future of the Estate, at no cost to the Government or local authority.

The proposal includes an area of land owned by the Marks Hall Estate detached from the Arboretum and Gardens, which is currently in agricultural use and abuts the A120. The project is only possible with the cooperation of 4 landowners, the Essex County Council, the Potter Family, Ardencrest Limited and The Marks Hall Estate.

The primary intention is the provision of replacement, purpose built premises for the Honywood Community Science School, with extensive playing fields and facilities for the use of the local community. The development of the new school premises is enabled by the proceeds of residential development of just over 12 hectares accommodating approximately 300 homes.

The proceeds of this residential development will not only provide the necessary funding for the new school premises, but will also make a considerable financial contribution to the Marks Hall Estate, which is a Registered Charity, is wholly self-financing and receives no government funding.

The Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum receives 30,000 visitors per year contains native and exotic tree species from around the world and is unique in its design of geographical zones. The vision for the future of the Estate is to position it as one of the nation’s most innovative and landscaped plant collections.
being a Marks Hall member I was a bit worried about it, so got this from research The Marks Hall Estate is working to support an initiative proposed by the Honywood Community Science School to move to a new site and build new school premises, simultaneously raising considerable funds to help safeguard the future of the Estate, at no cost to the Government or local authority. The proposal includes an area of land owned by the Marks Hall Estate detached from the Arboretum and Gardens, which is currently in agricultural use and abuts the A120. The project is only possible with the cooperation of 4 landowners, the Essex County Council, the Potter Family, Ardencrest Limited and The Marks Hall Estate. The primary intention is the provision of replacement, purpose built premises for the Honywood Community Science School, with extensive playing fields and facilities for the use of the local community. The development of the new school premises is enabled by the proceeds of residential development of just over 12 hectares accommodating approximately 300 homes. The proceeds of this residential development will not only provide the necessary funding for the new school premises, but will also make a considerable financial contribution to the Marks Hall Estate, which is a Registered Charity, is wholly self-financing and receives no government funding. The Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum receives 30,000 visitors per year contains native and exotic tree species from around the world and is unique in its design of geographical zones. The vision for the future of the Estate is to position it as one of the nation’s most innovative and landscaped plant collections. pierre-pierre
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5:26pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Save Our Coggeshall says...

I'm lost for words. How out of touch can people be. The trustees, Prof James Raven, Graeme Fraser-Steele, Meriel Barclay, Peter Griffith's, Margaret Atwood, Michael John Lear do not live in Coggeshall. They don't care if they ruin our community. Shame on you trustees, shame on you!!
I'm lost for words. How out of touch can people be. The trustees, Prof James Raven, Graeme Fraser-Steele, Meriel Barclay, Peter Griffith's, Margaret Atwood, Michael John Lear do not live in Coggeshall. They don't care if they ruin our community. Shame on you trustees, shame on you!! Save Our Coggeshall
  • Score: 16

5:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Jules @ Coggeshall says...

How can it be "donating" if they are getting money back - isn't that selling?
How can it be "donating" if they are getting money back - isn't that selling? Jules @ Coggeshall
  • Score: 29

7:28pm Fri 11 Apr 14

R Souls says...

So we have an extra 350 homes which could mean an extra 500 cars, which could mean an extra 1,000 car journeys a day on the A120. Then we have the projected increase in visitors to Marks Hall - 100 a day. So that is an additional 200 car journeys.

If my maths is right, we could be looking at an additional 1,200 car journeys on a road that is currently at saturation point.

It would be madness to even consider these proposals on the extra traffic alone until the A120 is improved. Not to mention the loss of green belt land and the additional pressure on over stretched resources such as doctors, primary school, car parking.

Marks Hall is a great resource - it just needs some better marketing.
So we have an extra 350 homes which could mean an extra 500 cars, which could mean an extra 1,000 car journeys a day on the A120. Then we have the projected increase in visitors to Marks Hall - 100 a day. So that is an additional 200 car journeys. If my maths is right, we could be looking at an additional 1,200 car journeys on a road that is currently at saturation point. It would be madness to even consider these proposals on the extra traffic alone until the A120 is improved. Not to mention the loss of green belt land and the additional pressure on over stretched resources such as doctors, primary school, car parking. Marks Hall is a great resource - it just needs some better marketing. R Souls
  • Score: 25

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