Consultation on new Primary School at Towcester South SUE, Towcester

Closed 10 Jul 2020

Opened 1 Jun 2020

Results Updated 24 Aug 2020

Only one piece of feedback was received during the consultation; this was an objection to the school. The correspondent expressed they felt secondary provision should take priority and that a new school could impact on pupil numbers at outlying village schools. The primary is part of the Section 106 obligations for the Sustainable Urban Extension development in Towcester comprising of 2750 homes. There are only 2 primary schools in the town, one is 12 pupils over capacity and the other has 35 places available which are expected to fill with children from the new housing before the new school is built. There is insufficient capacity to accommodate the expected number of pupils (circa 825 primary aged children) generated by the new housing and therefore a new school is required. The new school will help develop the local community and enable children to walk, cycle or scooter to school.

Overview

Northamptonshire County Council proposes to establish a new mainstream primary school on the new Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) development at Towcester, known as Towcester South. Provision for this school is made in the planning consent and the Section 106 (S106) agreement for the development. This agreement is a legal document which requires that sites suitable for 2 two form of entry primary schools need to be provided in accordance with timescales which are linked to the pace of the development along with other conditions which must be met.

Under the legislation which governs the establishment of new schools, the County Council is required to invite proposals to run the school from qualifying academy providers. That competitive process will be starting later in the summer of 2020. Prior to commencing the process, however, the Council is consulting on the school proposal generally.

This non statutory consultation will run from 1st June 2020 to 10th July 2020.