Ingleby Manor free school received approval from the Department for Education last year - but it needs a purpose-built building, and planning permission for that has been rejected by councillors in Stockton.
You can watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below and see our guide to what free schools are and where else they are planned in the North East here.
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Boris Johnson is on Teesside at Conyers School in Yarm. Our Political Editor Paul Brand is there
A study by the University of Oxford forecasts an increase of more than half a million foreign-born people in England between 2011 and 2014.
Paul Brand is joined by four new Parliamentary candidates for a lively debate on the economy and immigration. Watch the programme here: