Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of the Children & Young People’s Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, welcomes progress on providing a new £5m primary and nursery school in Bestwood, after the Council agreed terms to buy land at Westhouse Farm.
The County Council’s Policy Committee today (18th October) gave the go-ahead to proceed with the purchase of the land for the school. This is exciting news for children and families in the Bestwood area, who can now look forward to attending a brand new school in two years time.
The new school will replace the existing Hawthorne Primary and Nursery, originally built in 1878, which is now split over two sites and does not have room for further expansion to meet an increasing demand for places at the school.
There has been a considerable amount of new housing development in Bestwood over the last ten years, which has attracted many young families to the area. With further housing development in Bestwood outlined in Gedling Borough Council’s Local Plan, it was important that we acted swiftly to ensure the extra demand for school places could be met.
Negotiations have taken place between the County Council and Langridge Homes, who own the whole 75 ha Westhouse Farm site, to buy a 1.5 ha plot for the new school. The new school will be positioned between new housing on the site and the existing settlement of Bestwood, ensuring it is accessible for new and existing families
The new school will be able to accommodate 315 pupils – considerably higher than the 210 capacity at the current site. What’s more, we will ensure that the site is ‘future-proof’, by providing space for a further expansion up to 420 places, if it is required in years to come.
Providing a modern, high quality learning environment for our children can only be beneficial for their education.
This is a good example of how the County Council’s new Corporate Plan – Your Nottinghamshire, Your Future – is being delivered in practice by investing in our infrastructure and making good on our commitment to make Nottinghamshire a great place to bring up your family.