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County Council plans to fund shortfall for £8.6m new Edwalton primary school

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At a meeting next week Nottinghamshire County Council will seek approval to vary the Council’s capital programme for the provision of a new primary school at the Sharphill development in Edwalton, Rushcliffe.

The Sharphill housing development at Edwalton has been identified as one in which a new primary school is required as a result of related housing development and population growth in the West Bridgford area.

The new school is required to be open by September 2020.

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Rushcliffe Borough Council has allocated a £5.3m developer contribution toward the facility but as a result of the site conditions, a more complex site design is required which increases the basic build cost.

Funding in excess of the £5.3m will need to be met by the Council’s capital funding allocation for Basic Need pupil provision from the Department for Education/Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The developer contribution is therefore insufficient to cover off the cost of the new school and the County Council, as the statutory authority responsible for school places, is required to meet the funding gap.

Negotiations continue with the developer to seek their support in undertaking regrading of the site prior to it’s transfer to the County Council to mitigate some of the cost increases identified.

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The school will be built as a 315 place school with sufficient space to expand to 420, with a 39 place nursery. There will also be associated playing fields and outdoor play areas.

The Spencer Academy Trust will operate the new school as a free school, and will be responsible for identifying and managing any potential community use within safeguarding requirements.

Following a tender process Morgan Sindall have been appointed as the main contractor for the build, and the County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee considered the planning application for the new school at its meeting on 16 July.

The new budgeted cost for the entire school project is £8.6m

The recommendation therefore is that the capital programme be varied by £8.6m to establish a project for the provision of a new school at the Sharphill development in Edwalton.

Councillor Jonathan Wheeler ( West Bridgford South ) has welcomed the proposal, he said: “The community was promised a new school as part of the development and the County Council is planning to deliver on the promise despite the shortfall on the Section 106 money.

“I am therefore very pleased the Council is proposing putting this extra money into deliver the school.”

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