Bath 'urgently requires new primary schools'
A council report will highlight just how much new primary schools are needed in Bath over the coming months and years.Bath and North East Somerset Council is due to receive the document at a cabinet meeting this month and it will be advised to start planning for the infrastructure that will support the 7,022 new homes its local plan states it needs, reports the Bath Chronicle.Plans are now being drawn up to open new primary schools across the city, with these one of the most important developments in a city that is expecting its population to soar.Three former Ministry of Defence sites are being considered as locations for possible new schools. These are on the minds of planners along with the Western Riverside area.Should the plots at Foxhill and Ensleigh be developed they would house schools that could offer 210 places to local youngsters, while the Ministry of Defence site at Warminster Road could be upgraded by extending the existing Bathwick St Mary facility.The housing report reads: "In general, the majority of existing primary schools are either already at capacity or projected to reach capacity within the next few years and it is anticipated that there will be minimal or nil surplus capacity to absorb primary age children generated from future new housing development."Negotiations are currently ongoing with all three sites, as they will receive money in exchange for the school developments being able to take place.Developer contributions are one stipulation of any planning agreement that is given, as it is important thousands of houses are not built without the right schools to support them.And the building work does not end with the building of the brand new schools in Bath, as a number of extra classes are being proposed at some institutions already in the city, such as Weston All Saints and Bathampton.
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