Thursday, August 11, 2022

New £6m primary school proposed for growing Leicestershire town

A new primary school could be built to meet the needs of a Leicestershire town’s growing population.

The school, on land off Normandy Way in Hinckley, would accommodate up to 210 pupils and will have seven classrooms.

It would also have a specialist teaching room for practical subjects such as cookery, as well as a hall, library, garden, and wildlife area.

Leicestershire County Council has submitted a planning application for the school which will be considered by the authority’s Development Control and Regulatory Board on Thursday August 11.

If the board approves the plan, contractors will build the school to the county council’s specifications with most of the expected £6 million cost being provided by developers Bloor Homes.

The new school would be part of the developer’s section 106 planning obligations arising from the new housing developments in the area.

In line with the county council’s green agenda, the school would also include solar panels and air source heat pumps.

Construction work is expected to begin on site in September this year, with an expected opening date of September 2023.

Councillor Deborah Taylor, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Providing new schools places across the county is a top priority for us in order to meet the expected demand, particularly in the Hinckley area as the town expands.

“This school will be modern and environmentally friendly, and I look forward to seeing further updates as construction gets underway.”

Once complete, ownership of the school will be transferred to Leicestershire County Council. The school will be run as an academy, by a trust yet to be determined.

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