October 23rd, 2016

Three new schools set for Warwick district

Three new schools set for Warwick district Three new schools set for Warwick district
Updated: 7:11 am, Oct 04, 2015

NEW primary schools will be built in Warwick district to help cope with demand.

At a recent Warwickshire County Council meeting it was decided the three new schools – set to be academies and funded by developers – should be built in a bid to meet the number of potential housing developments in the area.

The first new primary school will be built in Warwick on a new housing development south of Myton.

Once the development has grown, two further primary schools will be built although it is not yet known where they will go or when the builds will start.

A report published ahead of the meeting said: “Large areas of Warwickshire have seen a significant increase in the birth rate over recent years and this has resulted in pressure on existing primary school places.

“Additional capacity has already been built at a number of schools, however further expansion is required to meet the forecast demand and demand due to housing developments across various areas.

“Furthermore, there is a need to develop new primary school provision in Warwick to mitigate the impact of new housing development on existing schools and add further capacity and choice for parents.”

Warwick District Council’s Local Plan – the key document, which will help shape development across the district for the next 15 years – was rejected earlier this year by government planning inspector Kevin Ward who said it needed a significant review following a public examination.

Mr Ward had originally questioned the authority’s housing target of building 12,900 homes.

He also raised concerns about a shortfall across Coventry and Warwickshire, which he said would need to be met jointly by Warwick and other neighbouring authorities.

But rather than go back to the drawing board, the authority is currently looking to suspend the examination and work with other councils to reach an agreement for dealing with neighbouring Coventry’s unmet housing need.

This week it was revealed that despite Coventry being set to build some 42,000 homes, there is not room for 18,000 of them.

And it has been suggested Warwick district and Nuneaton borough could take a share of the homes in addition to their own housing target.

It is not known how the Local Plan and number of schools in the district would be affected if the extra homes were taken on.

A spokeswoman from the district council told the Observer: “Warwick District Council plans to take a report on the Coventry and Warwickshire memorandum of understanding on the housing requirements to the next full council meeting.

“The report will outline our next steps for the Local Plan and we will continue to work closely with other local authorities to progress our local plans.”

Warwick District Council is set to meet on October 13 to discuss the next step of its Local Plan.