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Plans for 315-place primary school in Nottinghamshire unveiled by council

Plans for a new 315-place primary school have been unveiled by Nottinghamshire County Council at Worksop’s Gateford Park development.

It follows longstanding calls for the new school to be built on the 750-home Gatekeeper Way site seven years after wider planning permission was approved.

The Conservative-run authority plans to bring the school forward alongside its developer Arc Partnership.

It hopes to open the school to its first cohort of pupils in September next year.

The single-storey site would be built on part of the major housing development, with land in the process of being signed off to the council.

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Documents reveal the first phase of the scheme would have the capacity for a 210-place school and a 26-place nursery.

A 150 per cent expansion in the second phase would then take the capacity of the school up to 315 places at a later date.

The planning application was submitted by the council at the start of March and the council hopes to debate the plans at a meeting this summer.

Construction would then be approved in time for the September 2024 academic year.

The plans follow pressure from an opposition councillor and a 280-signature petition urging the authority to immediately begin building the school.

The petition was submitted by Councillor Sybil Fielding (Lab), who represents Worksop West, at the full council meeting in November.

When submitting the petition, Cllr Fielding said: “This petition requests the county council gets on with building the new school.

“The Section 106 [developer contribution] agreement was signed in May 2015 and we’re still waiting.”

The authority has since responded to the petition in a new report, with Cllr Keith Girling (Con), cabinet member for asset management, outlining the council’s plans.

In the papers, Cllr Girling said: “The new primary school at Gateford is an essential piece of infrastructure to support the delivery of this sustainable development.

“The county council has consistently stated that a school will be built.

“A large number of houses granted by this permission are now occupied and officers are progressing work to transfer the school land to the county council.

“Colleagues in Arc Partnership have been in pre-application discussions with planning officers and a planning application has now been submitted to the county council.

“[This] will allow it to progress to the county council’s planning and rights of way committee in June or July 2023, providing sufficient time to construct the new school for an opening date of September 2024.”

Planning papers submitted by the council reveal an expected 212-place gap in pupil places across the Worksop area by 2027 unless the school is built.

There will already be a 111-place gap in the 2023-24 academic year.

On these figures, the council: “The new school will be required to be operational for September 2024 in order to meet projected demand.”

Drawings add the school would feature eight classrooms, school hall, a kitchen, several toilets numerous staff rooms and admin spaces, a playing field and sports pitches.

Thirty-three staff would be employed at the school in the first phase, with 33 car parking spaces and two disabled bays on-site.

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