Benenden Church of England Primary School has hit a road bump in their plans for long overdue renovation.
The school’s buildings are notoriously cramped and outdated, with no disabled access routes and teachers having to frequently hold classes outside due to limited space for their 170 pupils. A conflict has now arisen, however, with conservation group the Open Spaces Society, who have expressed concerns that the site is a ‘very prominent’ beauty spot where three public footpaths cross. The society claims that any plans for a new school site would mean a diversion for the paths, infringing on the site as a popular location for walking enthusiasts. Plans for the proposed new site are due for submission to Kent County Council later this month.