Council set to approve £4m funding for new school
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 November 2017
Millions of pounds in funding is set to be allocated to build a primary school in Yatton.
Enough room for 210 pupils will be provided in North End and North Somerset Council says the school could take its first students within three years.
Only last month the council said there was no immediate plan to build a school in Yatton, but on Tuesday it is expected to rumber-stamp an estimated £4million in funding for one and a preschool.
The building of hundreds of homes in the village is the catalyst behind the new school. A significant amount of the money will be provided by developers.
Failure to build a school would leave Yatton with too many children and not enough places.
Yatton’s infant and junior schools have 630 places available and already take 600 students.
With more than 500 homes having received planning permission in North End – plus other developments sought elsewhere in Yatton – the council predicts the village will be 121 school places short by 2021.
The council’s report said: “A new primary school in Yatton is needed to meet basic need.
“Early indications show a 210-place school, with the infrastructure and capacity to grow to 420 places as demand dictates, would be the best solution for the village.
“This would enable new places to be created at North End to support residential growth to the east of the village and provide an option for children living in the village of Kingston Seymour who risk being displaced by residents living closer to existing schools.”
The plans would not impact on the future of Yatton’s infant and junior schools.
The new school would require planning permission, but room for it has been allocated by Bloor Homes off Arnolds Way in its own development scheme.
Bloor’s first phase of housing at Arnolds Way is well underway and it has basic permission for a second. But last month it revealed more concrete plans, including 107 homes and space reserved for a care village and school.
Yatton Parish Council has voted in favour of the latest designs, but raised fears about traffic at North End as Hallam Land Management also has planning permission for 170 homes off the same roundabout.
It hopes a link can be created between the phase two homes and the B3133, which does not use the roundabout.