Plans for new £2.5m school are submitted

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Plans for a seven classroom primary school to serve the Elsea Park development in Bourne have been submitted to the district council.

Lincolnshire County Council has put together the planning application.

It is yet to select the team which will run the school from a number which took part in a bidding process.

The Elsea Park school will provide 210 places, 30 in each year group, which the council says will be needed in the town by 2015 based on growth projections.

The first class of the school, planned for land north of Aintree Way and Sandown Drive, should join the school in September 2014.

The £2.5m construction costs will be paid by the county council and Elsea Park lead developer Kier Homes as part of an agreement made when the 2,000-home estate was granted planning permission.

The plans submitted by the county council are for a six classroom school, with a main hall, library, ICT suite and a combined design technology, food technology and science work space along with the necessary offices and store facilities.

According to the plans the school will be developed on a linear plan, with facilities based on either side of one central space which can used for both curriculum and non-curriculum activities.

All the classrooms will face and have direct access onto a playground, protected by a covered area.

According to the plans a feature of the school will be the amount of natural light allowed in.

The central space will be “flooded with light” through clerestory windows.

The proposed building will be single story with a small car park for 18 cars for staff.

Lincolnshire County Council put discussions on hold about who should run the new primary school until after the local elections, which took place yesterday.

The next meeting of the children and young people’s scrutiny committee, which is dealing with the issue, will take place on June 14.

Bourne Westfield Primary Academy, in partnership with the CfBT Schools Trust, is among the applicants.