Land sales are not such a simple issue

THE fact that "Ministers vow to act over land sales", (TES, May 31), is to be applauded in that regulations are to be tightened governing the sale of college playing fields.

The illustration used was that of Varndean College within the conurbation of Brighton and Hove City Council. There is much more to the proposed development than meets the eye.

Planning on the Varndean site, which it shares with other educational establishments, has been ongoing for at least five years. Within the major redevelopment plan was a parallel proposal to build a designed (independent free-standing) college for some 60 students with special needs or learning difficulties andor disabilities. This includes those with severe learning difficulties, those on the autistic spectrum and students with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The planning and development for this has been ongoing for at least 14 years .

What I am trying to express is some of the frustration of those involved.

Clearly, the Learning and Skills Council will have a positive, comprehensive and demanding review of post-16 provision for the region. But do not forget those "in need" who may well end up being accommodated in huts or temporary buildings in the short or long term.

A simple question. What would happen if the land were given away for free?

Len Parkyn Head Cherry Trees FE Centre Brighton and Hove City

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