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Cabinet approves new primary school

Colwall CE Primary School proposed view
3 August 2016

Herefordshire Council’s planning committee has today (Wednesday 3 August) approved planning permission to build a new school for Colwall CE Primary School.

The approval is in accordance with the planning officer’s recommendations.

21 July 2016

Colwall CE Primary School

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has today (Thursday 21 July) approved the building of a new school for Colwall CE Primary School.

The single form entry school will be built at Mill Lane in Colwall at a cost of up to £5.1million, subject to planning consent and purchasing the site from the landowner, who has worked constructively with the council.

The council will contribute £1.7million towards the building costs, while the Education Funding Agency has indicated it will provide £3million with the remaining £400,000 coming from nursery capital and the sale of the current site. The council is also legally bound to pay for the cost of purchasing the Mill Lane site, which has been agreed at £1.2million.

Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “We are delighted to have approved the building of a new permanent primary school in Colwall. This will replace the temporary buildings the school has operated from since September 2014, after the old Victorian building was deemed unfit for purpose due to issues with underground water and flooding.

“We are committed to giving children in Herefordshire the best start in life and education plays a big part in that. We have worked closely with the school, pupils, families and the local community over the past few years to ensure the new school will be in the best location, modern, sustainable and fit for purpose. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, including securing planning permission, but we aim for the school to be ready for the new academic year in September 2017.

“As part of our Schools Capital Investment Strategy, it’s imperative that we provide the best facilities to support continued educational excellence for children now and in the future. The fact that we’ve received indication of a substantial potential contribution from the Education Funding Agency, clearly demonstrates how we can attract external funding for worthwhile schemes.”

To find out more about the new school, please take a look at the Cabinet report.

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