Redevelopment of Central Hall in Partnership with Hope Community School:
In October, New Community Network lodged a bid with the Department for Education to redevelop Central Hall as the permanent home for the new Hope Community School. As part of this project, new accommodation would also have been developed for the church, so that the two organisations would be situated alongside each other on the same site.
The Department for Education commented that they had a high level of confidence in our capability to finance and conduct our proposed development, and we really appreciate all of you who have helped us get to this point; your help, support and belief has been invaluable in enabling us to achieve this kind of response.
A decision has now been made by the Department for Education, and they have opted for another site for the school; one which would be more cost-effective for them to develop, and would also allow them to purchase the freehold of the site. This site they have chosen is on Chapel Road, and its proximity to Central Hall is really positive for the ongoing partnership between the school and the church. This partnership is unaffected by the decision not to locate the school at Central Hall, and we are really looking forward to working with the school over the next 125 years.
You can read more about the new location of the school and the plans for development of the site, on Hope Community School's 'Permanent School Site Announcement' news page.
You can find out more about the future of Central Hall on our Redevelopment of Central Hall December Update page.