New primary school planned in Rotherham

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Planning for the first new primary school to be built in Rotherham in a quarter of a century is underway.

The school at Waverley will be part of Yorkshire’s largest ever brownfield mixed-use development.

Regeneration company Harworth Estates has already built 450 homes, which are now occupied, on the site. The development scheme, which sits next to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, has planning consent for up to 4,000 homes, shops, cafes, community facilities and a hotel, as well as the school.

Deputy Council Leader Coun Gordon Watson, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “The Waverley project is a crucial development for the borough and symbolises the confidence in the future regeneration of this part of Rotherham.

“The addition of this primary school will not only meet the needs for the surrounding community, but will also be a great opportunity to create a school with the newest and best facilities, particularly in close proximity to the our world class manufacturing facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, which we hope to make the most of.”

He said building the school would form part of the council’s duty to ensure there are enough school places in the area, including being able to satisfy parental preference when applying for primary schools.

The council’s cabinet is recommended to approve the commencement of procedures to establish the new school at its meeting on July 11.

A series of public consultation events will begin from September onwards, should this move be agreed, with the aim of having a new state–of-the-art primary school built and ready for use in four years’ time, by 2020.