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New primary school for Leominster moves a step forward

Parents, children and staff are being invited to see the latest plans for a brand new primary school for Leominster.

The council has been working with Leominster Infant and Leominster Junior schools to bring the two together to provide a new single, three-form entry primary school for Leominster.  Plans were submitted to the council’s planning committee last year, but consent was deferred because of sustainability concerns.

The main contractor, Kier Construction, has been working with the schools, the council and architects, Amey, to address these issues and plans to share the revised plans with the school community at an open day on 20th March at Leominster Junior School.  The revised plans locate the new building entirely on the current site.

Herefordshire Council made a commitment to build a new school for the town’s children when the previous government’s Primary Strategy for Change programme provided capital funding for local schools. The new building will cost £11.23m - £8m was earmarked from the Primary Strategy for Change fund and the council will provide the balance from its capital programme.

Andy Hough, interim head of sufficiency and capital commissioning, said: “The new plans show larger, lighter classrooms, solar panels, e-stacks on the roof* and plenty of outdoor play and sports facilities.  We are hoping that parents, children and staff will be able to come along on the 20th, see the model and the plans, and share their thoughts with us.”

“We’ve spent the last few months revising plans and talking to governors and staff about how the two schools can come together and how the building works can be undertaken to minimise disruption to the school community.

“Things are now moving forward quickly and the two separate schools are on schedule to become one from September 2014. Subject to gaining permission in June, building work could begin this July and the new school building could be ready for occupying in October 2014.”