Wraps off new school’s design

Image of the planned �5m new primary school at Baron Road, Blackpool
Image of the planned �5m new primary school at Baron Road, Blackpool
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THIS is the first look at a £5m new primary school set to be built in Blackpool.

Plans have now been submitted to the council for the scheme on land between Baron Road and Seasiders Way in South Shore.

The proposals were first revealed in January in order to meet demand for school places in the resort.

Consultation with residents and other stakeholders will now start, but if planning permission is granted it is hoped building work could begin in the summer.

It is anticipated the first pupils will be enrolled in September 2013.

Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet member for education on Blackpool Council, said: “I am very pleased with the designs. It will be a state-of-the-art building suitable for the education of our children going forward. The plans are now subject to consultation, particularly with neighbours from the surrounding streets and we are looking forward to what they have to say as part of the planning process.

“The priority is to provide enough school places but this scheme will also uplift the area and I’m sure it will be a considerable asset for the people who live there.

“We are looking forward to the opening in September 2013.”

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The two-storey school will cater for up to 400 pupils, and is being funded through a combination of government cash and existing council funding.

It will be filled on a year by year basis meaning it will not reach full capacity until 2020.

Susan Wilson, headteacher of Westcliff Primary School, Bispham, will run the new school along with Westcliff which achieved academy status last year.

Under new government funding arrangements, only academy schools, which are free from local authority control, can now be built.

The proposals, which have been designed by Liverpool-based architects Nightingale Associates, will go before a future meeting of the council’s planning committee.

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