Delight as Elsea Park school plan is approved

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy headteacher Cherry Edwards and  chair of governors John Kirkman.'Photo: MSMP250613-027ow
Bourne Abbey Primary Academy headteacher Cherry Edwards and chair of governors John Kirkman.'Photo: MSMP250613-027ow

A new primary school could open in Bourne by September 2014 after county councillors decided to grant planning permission.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee granted permission to build the new school in Elsea Park on Monday.

Councillors decided to approve the development despite fears it could cause parking problems in nearby roads.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy has been chosen to run the new school, which will eventually accommodate 210 pupils.

Chairman of governors John Kirkman said: “This planning permission is tremendous news for Bourne, the surrounding area and particularly for the parents of Elsea Park.

“The number of primary aged children in the area is increasing and, as in 2012/13, there are not enough places for local reception-aged children to attend local schools.

“The opening of the new school in September 2014 will ensure that need will be met.

“The next 12 months will be both exciting and challenging. We are ready for this and are confident that the new school, which will be known as Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy, will be state-of-the-art and a place where outstanding education will be delivered.”

If all goes to schedule the school could open to a reception class of up to 30 children in September next year.

The school would build up, adding one class per year to a maximum pupil capacity of 210.

Bourne Abbey headteacher Cherry Edwards said: “We will be organising meetings as soon as possible, held in Elsea Park Community Centre as well as at Bourne Abbey, and then open days as soon as the new academy is completed to the stage where it can have visitors.

“These will allow for parents, carers and other groups within the community to have guided tours, be given information and be able to contribute, offer advice and raise any concerns.”