Decision on primary school plan at 'new village' in Knaresborough delayed

A decision on plans to build a primary school at a huge housing development in Knaresborough has been pushed back several weeks.

Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 7:00 am

North Yorkshire County Council is behind the proposals for the 420-pupil school near York Road where more than 1,000 new homes have been given the go-ahead in the last two years.

The school will initially take children from families moving into the new homes, whilst providing extra capacity for over-subscribed schools in the area, according to documents.

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The primary school plan is for land off York Road where more than 1,000 new homes have been given the go-ahead. Photo: Google.

A chief planner at the council had been due to rule on the proposals in March - but a consultation will now run until the start of next month.

The proposed two-storey school has been designed with room for expansion - and also includes a 26-place nursery, outdoor play areas and car parking.

Management of the new school will be by an academy provider, which has not yet been selected.

Both Knaresborough Town Council and Goldsborough Parish Council previously opposed the 1,000-home plans with concerns spanning from increased traffic levels to public transport links.

Coun Pat Marsh, previously said the developments will be “like a new village” on the side of Knaresborough.

The school application will be considered by a senior North Yorkshire County Council planning officer after the consultation has ended on May 1.

An exact decision date has not been set.

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter

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