Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has expressed his elation that The Wren School has now received outline planning permission to stay on the former Elvian School site.
The Wren School, a new secondary Free School in west Reading which opened its doors for the first time in September, can now make the former Elvian School site its permanent home.
Reading Borough Council approved outline planning permission yesterday evening, concluding a land swap deal first proposed by Alok back in 2013, involving the Department for Education, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Wren School and developers.
Alok Sharma, who is Patron of The Wren School, said: “I am absolutely delighted that The Wren School has now received planning permission. The land swap deal involving the Department for Education, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Wren School and developers, which I first proposed back in 2013, has taken a huge amount of incredibly hard work from everyone to achieve. My particular admiration and thanks go to the Wren Team who have worked so hard and with such conviction to achieve this successful outcome. Huge thanks also to Schools Minister Lord Nash, a brilliant Minister with huge commercial experience, who had the imagination to let us pursue what at times looked like a very difficult project to bring to fruition.”
Alok continued: “It is extremely fitting that a site which was for many years home to a school will now revert to its original use and I wish The Wren School a hugely successful future based on the former Elvian School site.”
Nils Franke, Member of The Wren School Single Academy Trust, said: “Linking the development of the Defra and Elvian sites was an inspired suggestion because it delivers Housing and Education, both of which are part of building a sustainable infrastructure for the local community. It’s excellent news for all.”