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Local Planning Guidance Note No 27 - Developer Contributions to Schools

This is one of a series of local planning guidance notes designed to amplify policy GDP2 in the Wrexham Unitary Development Plan (UDP) and identifies the circumstances and locations in which developer contributions to the provision of education facilities, such as additional classrooms, will be necessary. The (UDP) was adopted by the Council in February 2005 and this note is a material consideration in the determination of all relevant planning policies.

Education Planning in Wrexham

For education planning purposes links between certain infant and junior schools and between junior/primary schools and secondary schools in groups throughout the County Borough are maintained. The Council’s School Admissions Policy grants parental preference, unless to do so would prejudice the efficient and effective use of its resources. Over 96% of pupils are allocated places in accordance with their parents' first preference.

Background to this Guidance Note

Local authorities find themselves under increasing financial pressure to meet the educational needs arising from residential development. Cumulatively, even relatively small developments can have a significant financial impact on the provision of school places. Welsh Office Circular 13/97 ‘Planning Obligations’ makes provision for developer contributions to offset the negative consequences of development provided there is guidance on this in the local development plan. The Wrexham UDP provides this guidance through Policy GDP2 on Capacity of Infrastructure & Community Facilities.

The rest of this note sets out further information on how this Policy will be applied.


Any developer contribution will be based on the following considerations:

If the potential pupils generated by the proposed development cannot be accommodated within existing schools then a commuted payment will be calculated by multiplying the additional places required by the pupil cost figure (see Table 1) to produce the commuted sum to be included in the planning obligation. Contributions by way of a release of land for a new school or direct construction may be considered as an alternative to payment of a commuted sum at the Council’s discretion.

Table 1: Cost guidelines

School Type No. of pupils generated by each 2-3 bed house Building Cost Multiplier
4 - 11 years
0.28 7000 1960
11 - 16 years
0.20 10000 2000
Post 16 0.04 12000 480
School with 6th Form 0.52   4440
School without 6th Form 0.48   3960


Worked example in Johnstown Infants School catchment area

For the development of:

Charges at primary school level

10 - 1 bedroom no charge

10 - 2 bedroom standard charge
10 * £1960 = £19600

10 - 3 bedroom standard charge
10 * £1960 = £19600

10 - 4 bedroom standard charge +20%
10 * £2352 = £23520

Charges at secondary school level

No shortage, no charge.

Timing of contributions

Any built educational provision will need to be completed to reflect the planned occupation of the homes. For larger developments phased payment will be considered to fit construction and occupation programmes.

Cost guidelines

The following guidelines are designed to give prospective developers an idea of the possible implications of their proposals:

Schools where contributions are likely to be required

The list below shows schools where contributions are likely to be required. At all other schools there is likely to be some spare capacity to accommodate some development. This is not a definitive list, but a guide to developers.

Secondary schools

Bryn Alyn, Gwersyllt (11 to 16 years)
Maelor, Penley (11 to 18 years)
Darland, Rossett (11 to 18 years)

Primary schools

Gwersyllt Bryn Alyn Catchment

Brymbo Aided, St Mary’s
Brynteg C.P.
Gwersyllt C.P.
New Broughton C.P.,
Ysgol Penrhyn
Pentre Broughton C.P.
Tanyfron C.P.

Llangollen Dinas Bran (Denbighshire) Catchment

No schools

Penley Maelor Catchment

Penley Madras
Marchwiel C.P.

Rhosllanerchrugog - Y Grango School Catchment

Johnstown Infants
Johnstown Junior
Pen-y-Cae C.P.

Rossett - Darland School Catchment

Marford C.P.

Ruabon - Rhiwabon (11 to 18 years) School Catchment

Acrefair C.P.
Ruabon Maes y Llan C.P.
Ruabon St. Mary's

Wrexham - Clywedog School Catchment

Bwlchgwyn C.P.
Marchwiel C.P.
Rhostyllen C.P.
Victoria C.P.
St Giles

Wrexham - St. Joseph's School Catchment

St. Mary’s

Wrexham - Rhosnesni School Catchment

Acton Park C.P.
Alexandra C.P.
Barkers Lane C.P.
Borras Park
Rhosddu C.P.

Wrexham - Morgan Llwyd (11 to 18 years) School Catchment

Wrexham Plas Coch C.P.

Adopted March 2004
Revised November 2010