Playing fields at four closed primary school sites in Shropshire are being sold, following approval in August, to “contribute towards repaying the capital borrowing used to fund the amalgamation of two schools”, the DfE data shows.
One of the playgrounds, at the former Ifton Heath Primary School, has been earmarked as a travellers’ site, until the land is sold at a possible future date, according to council documents.
Approval was gained in May for the sale of a surplus site at King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage, Oxfordshire, following the closure of one of the school’s three sites after an earlier school amalgamation.
In its data release outlining the King Alfred’s approval, the DfE said that although the new site would not meet guidelines in terms of the size of outside space, pupils would have the use of a new synthetic football pitch.
In some cases, councils sell off land at one school to fund improvements at nearby schools. For example, Knowsley Council plans to sell part of Roby Park Primary School’s playing field to improve its remaining space, as well as helping to fund improvements at Knowsley Lane and St Columba’s RC primaries.
In south London, Southwark Council planned to rebuild Albion Primary School, freeing up land on which to build 49 homes.
The money that will be raised from selling part of the playing area will contribute to new educational and sporting facilities at the school’s reconfigured site, according to the DfE.
At Holy Trinity Primary School in north London, a decision was approved in July to sell part of the playground in order to fence off public areas “that are unusable due to concerns about antisocial behaviour”.