Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 18°C

Search

Felixstowe: Extra housing could mean a new school is needed

08:40 19 November 2012

New housing in Felixstowe will bring more families to the resort - and more children, requiring more school places.

New housing in Felixstowe will bring more families to the resort - and more children, requiring more school places.

Archant

LAND will have to be identified for a new primary school if an independent inspector agrees to proposals for nearly 1,800 extra homes in the Felixstowe area.

Work is set to start in the new year on preparing an area action plan for the resort and nearby villages and its key task will be to agree land uses for the next 15-plus years.

As well as identifying land for the new homes, a site will have to be set aside for a school able to cater for 210 pupils.

It will probably be built in Walton or the Trimley villages, as this where most of the new housing is expected.

Education chiefs say the number of children at school in the Felixstowe area is set to grow even without further homes being built, and the extra housing would take pupil numbers way past the current capacity.

“Whilst some of these children arising could be accommodated in existing schools, there is a reasonable expectation that a new 210 places primary school (requiring a site of 2.5 hectares/six acres) would need to be funded by developers,” said a county council statement.

The county was expecting 1,440 new homes to be allocated in the Felixstowe area and says this would generate 360 primary school age pupils. The figure has since risen to 1,760 homes – and could go even higher – which would mean even more students.

Trimley St Martin and Trimley St Mary primary schools, Causton Junior and Maidstone Infants, have a combined capacity of 1,155 places, and with a growing school roll already, there would be a shortfall by the time new homes were built.

The county council would calculate the exact student figures and the costs of extra education provision once the housing numbers are finally decided.

Legal agreements would be imposed on planning permission to raise the cash from housing companies to pay for the multi-million pound new school.

Around 1,800 homes could be expected to generate a dividend of £6.8m.

Inspector Mike Moore is currently holding a public inquiry into the housing allocation, part of Suffolk Coastal’s proposed Local Development Framework, the blueprint for the future of the district.

1 comment

  • What came first? - the chicken (more people) or the egg (another school)?

    Report this comment

    cwayconslt

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ed Sheeran on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Songs by Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran have proved the most popular among airport passengers after being included on a playlist designed to provide a “positive distraction” through security search areas.

Dog-friiendly days out

Looking for a family day out for you and your four-legged friends? See our list of ten top dog-friendly days out in Suffolk.

In the Middle Ages Ipswich was not without schools, there is firm evidence of a grammar school as early as 1477 and probably as far back as 1399. This school received its Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1566 and went through a number of guises before it became, what is now, Ipswich School. The school buildings are on Henley Road but have previously been in Foundation Street and Blackfriars Monastery.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

Engineering work is taking place on the rail line between Norwich and Ipswich today.

Emergency services attended the crash

A motorcyclist in his 30s has died after a crash in Lynford, near Thetford last night.

The service will help people suffering with depression

A new service offering people easier access to support for anxiety, stress and depression, as well as advice on wellbeing, launches next week.

Police are searching for the woman

Police are searching for a 48-year-old woman from Lowestoft who has gone missing.

Stock pic

A multi-car crash at the busy Yarmouth Road/London Road junction caused severe delays in Ipswich today (August 26).

Clacton Air Show 2016 final day

Day two of the Clacton Airshow provided perfect conditions for flying off the beach – and allowed more than 100,000 visitors to watch the full display.

Ben Gummer at his desk in the Cabinet Office. Photo: Robert Thom

In the final part of five three-minute interviews, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer explains why he enjoys being the town’s representative in parliament.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24