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School rebuild step nearer construction Melksham
3:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Latest News
construction of a new 420-capacity primary school in Melksham has moved one step closer, after plans were approved by councillors.
An application has been submitted for a new school to the east of the town, to replace the ageing Forest and Sandridge School.
The proposals were welcomed by town and parish councillors on Monday night and will now go to Wiltshire Council for full approval.
The new school would be located south of Snarlton Lane and include two halls, a hard sports area and two grass football pitches.
The 2.2 hectare site has provision for community use at evenings and weekends in the larger hall and changing facilities which would be accessible to the public.
The school building would be split between two wings, to be built in two phases. An entrance hall, office block and nine classrooms would go up first, to accommodate 315 pupils. Work on four more classrooms, a reception room and a nursery later would increase the capacity to 420.
The plans include pedestrian access via Snarlton Lane, which raised concerns among Melksham Town Council’s planning committee over possible congestion.
Chairman and Melksham mayor Chris Petty said: “We welcome this plan, but we still have concerns over the dropping off and picking up of children.”
It was also approved by Melksham Without Parish Council. Its clerk, Mary Jarvis, said: “We want the very best for those children in the future.”
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