New school plans sub­mit­ted by coun­cil

The new school will be built on the Mid­dle Deep­dale site

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - by Carl Gav­aghan Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice newsdesk@jpress.co.uk

North York­shire County Coun­cil has sub­mit­ted the plans for a new 420-place school at the Mid­dle Deep­dale devel­op­ment in East­field.

Plans for a new 420-place school in Scar­bor­ough have been sub­mit­ted by the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity.

Fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tion process, North York­shire County Coun­cil has filed the plans for the new ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity at the Mid­dle Deep­dale devel­op­ment in East­field.

More than 1,400 new homes are be­ing built on the devel­op­ment.

The new two-form en­try school will re­place an ex­ist­ing school in East­field.

Overdale School will close and the stu­dents will move to the new fa­cil­ity once it has been com­pleted. The new school will keep the name Overdale. A con­sul­ta­tion event with res­i­dents and par­ents of pupils was held last month.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion notes that: “The event was well at­tended and the re­ac­tion to the pro­pos­als was gen­er­ally pos­i­tive.”

It adds that mov­ing the school be­came the pre­ferred op­tion rather than cre­at­ing an­other, sep­a­rate school.

The re­port adds: “The ra­tio­nale was to avoid cre­at­ing divi­sion be­tween the his­toric East­field com­mu­nity and the new hous­ing devel­op­ment if a wholly new school was de­vel­oped. It also recog­nised the poor con­di­tion of the cur­rent Over dale Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School build­ings and the op­por­tu­nity to re­place them at a very low cost to the County Coun­cil.”

County Coun­cil­lor Tony Ran­der­son, the mem­ber for East­field and Os­godby, said although he had some con­cerns about the park­ing lay- out he was very pos­i­tive that the plans had been sub­mit­ted

He said: “I am de­lighted on be­half of East­field’s res­i­dents that this school is go­ing ahead.

“The site’s lo­ca­tion, be­tween the ex­ist­ing East­field set­tle­ment and new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments to the north in East­field, sup­ports a long­stand­ing de­sire to pro­vide im­proved fa­cil­i­ties that link the old and the new parts of East­field.

“I have con­cerns about the drop-off points that are be­ing pro­posed around the school and feel that they could be dan­ger­ous so I will be ask­ing for those to be looked at as we have to en­sure that the chil­dren and ev­ery­one else are safe.” It is hoped that a de­ci­sion will be made in Oc­to­ber.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new school

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