05 September 2013

Revised plans for a proposed expansion to Kingsthorpe Village Primary School will go on display next week.

Northamptonshire County Council is holding the drop-in session at the school and officers will be on hand to answer any questions raised.

When will they be on show?

This is an opportunity to see how the plans have developed and what is proposed for the school extension. The display will be on show on Tuesday, September 10 between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Cllr Catherine Boardman, county council cabinet member for children and education, said: “Recent years have seen an increase in the numbers of children needing a school place and as a county council we have a duty to make sure every child in the county is able to receive an education.

“There has been a particular pressure in this part of Northampton and expanding schools is essential if we are able to provide sufficient capacity.

“This display will give people the chance to see just where we are with this very exciting proposal.”

A Cabinet decision was taken by the county council in September 2011 to expand the numbers at Kingsthorpe Village Primary School from 210 pupils to 420.

Why is expansion needed?

The county council has a statutory duty to provide school places and there has been a 28.2 per cent rise in the number of reception-aged children in Northampton between 2009 and 2013.

Cabinet approval for expansion at Kingsthorpe Village was given so that sufficient pupil places were available in this part of Northampton.

The implementation of this expansion was delayed to allow time for further consideration of the planning issues associated with the proposed building work on the school site.

Following consultation with residents, community groups and other statutory consultees, the plans have been revised and an amended planning application is now being considered by the planning authority.