Published: 22:30, 26 August 2020
| Updated: 22:32, 26 August 2020
Kent County Council is now going ahead with plans for a new secondary school in Kent.
Low rates of housing development in Thanet combined with financial savings of at least £10.3 million for the county council were among the driving factors behind KCC's change of heart.
But it is now pushing ahead with the plans on the Victoria Road site - where the former school will be demolished.
KCC and sponsor The Howard Academy Trust are holding consultation over the proposals for the new secondary, which will be called Park Crescent Academy.
It aims to ease demand from children in Thanet for school places in Sandwich and Deal from September 2023, when it is expected to open if all goes to plan.
A consultation into the proposals opened on Monday and will last for two weeks.
There will be additional work to refine and develop before a planning application is submitted at the end of September this year.
Bosses are looking to include a 20 place specialist resourced provision for pupils whose have autism.
The former Royal School for Deaf Children, which closed in 2015 , would be demolished and replaced with two blocks.
The first will be a teaching block which houses all teaching and administration areas as well as the assembly, dining halls and sports hall.
A plaza leading to the main entrance with outdoor play areas will link the school buildings and parking / drop off areas.
On the "lower plateau" of the site there will be outdoor grass pitches and a multi-use games area.
To have your say on the plans, click here to take part in the consultation.