Plans will be on public display for a much needed new 630 place primary school off Silver Street in Midsomer Norton. The proposals also include some additional development which will be a mix of residential, a care home and sheltered housing together with improvements to the local highway, traffic calming, public open space and new footpaths.
Neighbours and those living and working in Midsomer Norton are invited to view the plans and talk to the project team at Midsomer Norton Town Hall on Thursday 25 January 2018 between 4-8pm. The plans will also be available to view online at www.nortonhillschooldevelopment.co.uk.
The proposed development is being brought forward by LocatED, on behalf of the Department for Education and landowner Strategic Land Partnerships.
Following the consultation event the project team will be preparing an outline planning application which will be submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council as the Local Planning Authority. Subject to planning the school would be expected to open in September 2020 for Reception pupils.
Will Attlee, Acquisitions Manager from LocatED said: “Providing a new primary school is critical to meet the demand for additional pupil places in the area. This site has been identified for educational use in the adopted Local Plan and is the best option for delivering a new school to meet this local need.”
Mark Thompson, Deputy CEO of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership added: “There are around 2500 new houses currently being built or about to be built across the whole of the Somer Valley and these will naturally attract many new families to the area. There are already some really strong schools locally and of course parents will want their children to have access to a high quality education. We now have the chance to meet this new demand and at the same time to add something really special. Any parent wanting more information can log in to nortonhillprimary.com and sign up for more information and contact with the school.”
Simon Steele-Perkins from Strategic Land Partnerships said: “We are very pleased to be working with LocatED, the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, the Council and the Town Council to bring this project forward. It will deliver not just the urgently needed new school but also locally needed new homes, affordable homes and housing for the elderly, as well as improvements to Silver Street which we know have been a local priority for many years.”