New site bought for Okehampton primary

children playing school

Posted on: 27 January 2017

A site for a new primary school in Okehampton has been acquired by Devon County Council, it was announced this week.

The 1.7 hectare site, to the north of Crediton Road, will accommodate a new primary school of up to 420 pupils with additional provision for early years children. The total cost of the site is around £1.2 million.

Under new Government rules, applications could now be submitted to the Department for Education from organisations which want to run the school under the free school programme.

Detailed design work for the new school has already been commissioned by Devon County Council and a full planning application will be submitted later this year. No firm date has yet been set for the school to open.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools and councillor for Hatherleigh and Chagford, James McInnes, said:

“I’m delighted that the second primary school site has been secured for Okehampton. This will give strong primary school provision for the future”.

Okehampton county councillor Kevin Ball said: “Although it has taken longer than any of us hoped, it is brilliant news that the site is finally secured.

“This means there will be a local primary on the eastern side of Okehampton to provide school places for our growing town for many years to come. I am delighted.”

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