Site for new primary school found

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First published in News by , local government reporter

PARENTS and teachers at Bilingual Primary School are celebrating after finally finding a permanent home.

Councillors approved plans to develop a new building opposite Hove Park, between the Droveway, City Park and The Engineerium, yesterday.

The approval of the plans will be good news for parents as the city continues to deal with the growing primary school places crisis that could see the number of pupils starting primary school increase to 2,850 in 2016/17.

It is expected the new school will be able to take 210 pupils this year, with the intake increasing every year to 630 pupils by 2023.

Concerns had been raised about the original proposals for the site, particularly about over-development and potential parking and traffic problems caused at peak times, with more than 100 objections received by the council about the plans.

However, more than 200 people wrote to the council in favour of the amended plans stating the city needs more primary school places, the building would be a good use of the site and that the current school was well run and popular with parents.

Carolina Gopal, head of the school, said the decision was “great news”.

She said: “We can now state where we are. We’ve been waiting for this ever since we opened. I’m so pleased.

“I’m pleased for the city. A lot of parents have been waiting for us to announce our site for a long time.”

Carolina Barker, who spoke in favour of the development, said: “Our school is about to enter its third year. Pupils are thriving. The community spirit is second to none. Standards are above local and national averages. We need our new home now.

“We have been working closely with the council to help meet its duty to provide enough school places.”

Ward councillor Jayne Bennett said: “Our greatest concerns are about the increased traffic and parking. This site is situated at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac that already provides access to the City park development and The Engineerium.

“There are insufficient parking spaces for the staff, let alone parents, and nowhere for cars to access the site.”

The new building was unanimously approved by the council.

Phelim Mac Cafferty, head of the planning committee, said despite his continued concerns about the plans it was time the council started providing more primary school places.

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11:12am Thu 5 Jun 14

LB says...

Why pick a location where there's already too much competition for the available parking spaces from the two offices the council allowed to be built with inadequate parking on site and inadequate vehicle access to the site? Particularly as the school attracts pupils from across the city rather than a local population that would be more likely to walk their children to school.

Another triumph for Michael Gove's 'you can build any school anywhere you like as long as it's publicly funded but privately owned once completed' policy.
Why pick a location where there's already too much competition for the available parking spaces from the two offices the council allowed to be built with inadequate parking on site and inadequate vehicle access to the site? Particularly as the school attracts pupils from across the city rather than a local population that would be more likely to walk their children to school. Another triumph for Michael Gove's 'you can build any school anywhere you like as long as it's publicly funded but privately owned once completed' policy. LB
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11:14am Thu 5 Jun 14

Boredofmorons says...

Great news for the children in the school and for hove, finally common sense prevailed. Sorry valerie paynter aka savehove but at least you now have more time to concentrate on real serious issues like the lack of sour dough bread in waitrose.
Great news for the children in the school and for hove, finally common sense prevailed. Sorry valerie paynter aka savehove but at least you now have more time to concentrate on real serious issues like the lack of sour dough bread in waitrose. Boredofmorons
  • Score: 13

12:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Tel Scoomer says...

The site is on the edge of Hove Park, not opposite. And the headteacher seems to have morphed into Carolina Barker halfway through the story. She was quoted saying the same stuff - and more - on the excellent Brighton and Hove News website which ran the story about this hearing yesterday.
The site is on the edge of Hove Park, not opposite. And the headteacher seems to have morphed into Carolina Barker halfway through the story. She was quoted saying the same stuff - and more - on the excellent Brighton and Hove News website which ran the story about this hearing yesterday. Tel Scoomer
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1:25pm Thu 5 Jun 14

JulesB2 says...

I am pleased to see that the greater public benefit and the acute need to provide primary school places in Hove prevailed over residents' concerns about traffic and parking. The future of the city's children is at stake and will be well served by a new and high-quality primary school.
I am pleased to see that the greater public benefit and the acute need to provide primary school places in Hove prevailed over residents' concerns about traffic and parking. The future of the city's children is at stake and will be well served by a new and high-quality primary school. JulesB2
  • Score: 12

1:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Mum in Brighton says...

This is marvellous news. What a fantastic opportunity for the young children of Brighton and Hove to attend an outstanding school in an outstanding location.
This is marvellous news. What a fantastic opportunity for the young children of Brighton and Hove to attend an outstanding school in an outstanding location. Mum in Brighton
  • Score: 11

11:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Kedge says...

In a mature debate there is no need for ad hominem attacks such as that posted by Boredofmorons. The school won; those opposed to siting it at Hove Park lost. Leave it at that. Quick grammar refresher: it's bored "with" not bored "of".
In a mature debate there is no need for ad hominem attacks such as that posted by Boredof[sic]morons. The school won; those opposed to siting it at Hove Park lost. Leave it at that. Quick grammar refresher: it's bored "with" not bored "of". Kedge
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12:07am Fri 6 Jun 14

Boredofmorons says...

Kedge wrote:
In a mature debate there is no need for ad hominem attacks such as that posted by Boredofmorons. The school won; those opposed to siting it at Hove Park lost. Leave it at that. Quick grammar refresher: it's bored "with" not bored "of".
After listening to savehove's prejudices against the Spanish and her hatred filled lies about the school for over a year now I have no interest in being mature, I'm being smug.
If she doesn't like people trivialising her waitrose dramas perhaps she should stop tweeting about them.
[quote][p][bold]Kedge[/bold] wrote: In a mature debate there is no need for ad hominem attacks such as that posted by Boredof[sic]morons. The school won; those opposed to siting it at Hove Park lost. Leave it at that. Quick grammar refresher: it's bored "with" not bored "of".[/p][/quote]After listening to savehove's prejudices against the Spanish and her hatred filled lies about the school for over a year now I have no interest in being mature, I'm being smug. If she doesn't like people trivialising her waitrose dramas perhaps she should stop tweeting about them. Boredofmorons
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