New primary school plans advanced with hundreds of homes to be built
PUBLISHED: 06:40 14 April 2018
Almost every school in North Somerset will have to be made bigger to accommodate the large number of houses being built, North Somerset Council has conceded.
With tens of thousands of homes set to be built over the next two decades in North Somerset, the added strain it will place on the education system is clear to see.
Plans for a new 630-place school at Haywood Village were reported in the Mercury last week, and hopes for a primary school in Yatton are also progressing.
The council has agreed to push forward with the scheme and will contact the Department for Education to notify it of its ambition and to seek providers keen to run a school or academy.
Initial proposals are for a 210-place school or academy, with the option to double the capacity if and when required.
The school would sit off Arnolds Way within Bloor Homes’ two-phase development off the roundabout.
Further housing schemes for Yatton include Hallam Land Management’s approved 170-home scheme in the same area, while Titan Ladders’ Mendip Road site could also soon be converted into homes.
Other developments in the pipeline include 69 homes off Moor Road and approximately 100 at Rectory Farm, off Chescombe Road.
The council has admitted doing nothing to increase school places in Yatton is not an option.
In a report published this week, it said: “Projections show there is insufficient capacity in North End, Yatton, to meet the requirements of the North End developments without the creation of new primary school places.
“With the increases in new homes across North Somerset there are very few schools that will not be affected by the need to accommodate extra pupils over time.”
The Yatton Federated Schools, which encompasses both junior and infant schools, can accommodate up to 630 pupils.
The council says it is not its policy to make primary schools offer more places than 630.
It adds: “If the new homes are not forthcoming and demand is reduced, it is hoped places will be found for pupils at other local schools in and outside of Yatton.”
The proposed Joint Spatial Plan says North Somerset should accommodate 25,000 homes between 2016-36.