Proposal to enlarge Kings Copse Primary School
This proposed expansion would allow the school to cater for 315 pupils. The demand for school places is a result of a rise in the number of births in the area and new housing development. It is intended that permanent facilities would be available from September 2019.
Drop-in session Wednesday 19 October
A drop-in session where you will be able to discuss the proposal with County Council officers will take place on Wednesday 19 October at Kings Copse Primary School from 3pm to 6pm.
The current proposed building plans are being developed with the headteacher and governing body. The plans will be posted on the school website once they have been developed and agreed with the school. There will be a further opportunity to discuss the plans in detail at a pre-planning application consultation and we will notify you of the details once arranged.
Officers will then take into consideration all the consultation responses received before deciding whether the proposal should continue to the formal publication stage.
The primary purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of parents and other interested parties on the principle of enlarging the school to meet the demand for additional school places in the local area. We understand that you may have some questions regarding how the school buildings will be expanded to accommodate additional pupils and whether there will be an impact on travel to and from the school as a result of accommodating additional pupils.
Both of these aspects are important but at this stage these details will not be available as we need to obtain approval to the expansion before detailed work commences. It is important to hear your views at this stage so we can consider them as part of the detailed work to be undertaken should approval to the enlargement be obtained.
If approval is obtained, then a statutory Public Notice will be published setting out Hampshire County Council’s intent to enlarge the school. It is anticipated that this will be published in January.
After the date of publication there will be a four week period in which any representations can be made to the local authority. After the conclusion of this period the County Council will decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal.
If you would like to comment on these proposals before the drop-in session, please write to Ian Doutch, Project Officer, Children’s Services Department, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UG or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25 November.