Airfield school plans are sent to Whitehall

PUBLISHED: 08:51 13 September 2012



RECOMMENDATIONS to build a multi-million pound primary school have been sent to the Secretary of State for approval.

Members of North Somerset Council’s Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Panel chose to support the recommendation for a 420-pupil school on the new Winterstoke development site.

The proposal will now be sent to the Secretary of State for Education who will decide whether or not to support a funding agreement.

Housing developer Persimmon, which is already set to create 900 new homes on the former Weston Airfield, has made an agreement with the council to build the school and, if successful, the Government will enter into a funding agreement with the two parties.

Concerns were also raised at the meeting last week over whether a children’s centre will be added to the development.

Councillor Dawn Payne said: “I have concerns that the families that move into those new homes will not have a centre to go to.

“All our other children’s centres are full to capacity at the moment and they may not be able to get access to them.

The council has entered into negotiations with Persimmon over building a preschool which will be included in the overall development, and is currently in talks over its design.

Councillor Ann Harley said: “Along with the new school I would like to see a children’s centre and a preschool. In some situations that is exactly where some schools get their pupils.

“It would be a community facility because it would all be there for the families. We have to look to the future and our visions should be going to Central Government.”

The panel also agreed for the expansions of Locking and Ashcombe Primary School to go to a second consultation, during which the public will be able to register their views before a final decision is made.

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