WORK on a £5m new primary school for Blackpool will begin as soon as possible after the scheme secured planning permission.
Councillors gave the scheme for the land off Baron Road in Bloomfield ward approval after hearing the development would meet a pressing need for additional school places in the town.
Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children’s services on Blackpool Council, said: “I am hoping building will begin almost immediately now planning permission is in place, as we are hoping the first entry for pupils will be in September 2013.
“It’s a tight schedule but we want the school ready so we can give our children the best possible learning environment.
“It is also the most appropriate area because we are going to have new housing in this area and the school will be part of that whole new environment.
“This will be the first school in Bloomfield ward and we’re hoping it will help increase attendance and help parents, some of who at the moment have one child at Revoe Primary School, and one at St John’s. We hope the new school will be a real community hub.”
Bloomfield ward councillor John Jones added; “This is going to give the children of Bloomfield a good start in life.
“Hopefully it will encourage them to continue through the education system to better themselves and break the cycle of deprivation by giving them a better start in a new school.”
The scheme, which was announced in January this year, will see a part single and part two-storey development built on the land.
The school will cater for up to 420 pupils and 60 staff. The proposal also includes 27 car parking spaces and 28 cycle parking spaces.
Following the first enrolment, classrooms will be filled on a year-by-year basis meaning the school will not reach full capacity until 2020.
It is being funded through a combination of Government and council funding.
Susan Wilson, headteacher of Westcliff Primary School, Bispham, will run the school along with Westcliff, which changed to academy status last year.
The proposals had been recommended for approval when they went before Blackpool Council’s planning committee this week.
It follows on from the announcement of a £50m investment in 400 new homes in Bloomfield.