Three Devon primaries to expand

Posted on: 14 October 2015

Nearly £3 million is to be spent on expanding three Devon primary schools to cope with rising pupil numbers.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet today approved £2.8 million to provide additional places at Highweek in Newton Abbot, Landscore in Crediton and Sticklepath in Barnstaple.

The work will mean all three schools will each be able to accommodate 420 children in total with 60 starting school each year.

Councillors heard that the expansion plans have been agreed with the schools.

Head of Planning, Transport and Environment, Dave Black, said:

“There are a number of areas in Devon where primary numbers continue to rise beyond the capacity of local schools.

“The proposals will support both demographic and housing growth.”

Mr Black said agreements were in place with developers to contribute to the cost of the work.

The scheme at Highweek will cost nearly £1.6 million and is designed to cater for both population growth and new housing in Newton Abbot.

In Crediton, there has been significant growth in early years’ numbers in the town as well as a number of proposed housing developments.

The scheme at Landscore will cost £1.3 million and is subject to planning approval.

Sticklepath Primary is the only school serving the west of Barnstaple and the extra accommodation is required to accommodate existing pupil numbers.
The scheme will cost £635,000.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

“Our policy is to provide local schools for local children.

“Many communities across Devon are expanding and the county council has to ensure that there are sufficient school places for all the families who want them.

“We work closely with heads and governors on expansion plans like these and – in these times of austerity – it is vitally important that we secure sufficient contributions from developers to help cover the costs.”

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