Plans submitted to replace crumbling 86-year-old school with new building (From The Advertiser Series)
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Plans submitted to replace crumbling 86-year-old school with new building
12:01pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
PLANS have been submitted to build a new 210 place primary school to replace an 86-year-old building which is not cost effective to repair.
The scheme will see pupils move into a new West Cornforth Primary School, near Ferryhill, hopefully by the end of 2014 if the proposals are are approved.
The Department of Education has submitted the plans to Durham County Council.
The application looks to give the primary school in High Street a further 26 nursery places and Sure Start facilities.
If the county council backs the plans the current 200 pupils will use the existing school until the new one is built next door.
Ernie Hurrell, chairman of the school’s governors, said: “The school was built in 1927 and it has reached the end of its life now.
“It’s not cost effective to try to repair it. It needs demolishing and replacing. It’s top of a county council list for schools which need replacing.
“It’s great for the children that they’re going to get a new facility. It’s very pleasing that we have got to this stage and that we’re getting a new school.”
The current school is located on the north of the 3.3 hectare site and and includes a private nursery and a Sure Start centre.
The plan is to build a single storey structure and once completed the old school will be demolished and the site turned into a playing field.
Existing car parking facilities for staff and visitors will be retained with additional parking for deliveries.
Funding for the project is coming via the Government’s Priority School Building Programme. The school is one of 261 out of 587 which applied nationally to receive the money.
West Cornforth is one of 27 schools in the region which was selected for the funding and is one of five in County Durham.
Developer Sir Robert McAlpine will build the school if the plan, which only went out to consultation this month, is approved.
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