Eastleigh’s Cabinet Committee is set to consider proposals for a new secondary school at Horton Heath at a meeting on Thursday 12 December.
The new facility will be going into an area south of Horton Heath and west of Burnett’s Lane that has been identified in the revised draft version of the council’s new Local Plan as one of the Borough Council’s preferred locations for new residential development.
Up to 700 new homes are being planned for in Horton Heath and around 300 in Fair Oak.
The new school would be able to take up to 1,500 student places.
The council says the school is required to meet the projected future requirements from the existing population, as well as the need arising from new development. There will be a need to provide around 1,400 additional secondary school places in the Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath and the Hedge End, West and Botley areas by 2029. The school is potentially needed as early as 2018 and it is important that a site is identified in the emerging Local Plan to meet this need.
Council Leader Keith House said:
“The Borough Council takes the planning of school places very seriously. Getting school places just where they are needed helps children go to school in their own community and minimises traffic journeys. The new schools at Horton Heath, including the first new secondary school in the Borough since the 1970s, are good news for the village and surrounding areas. It does not just mean that Horton Heath will have its own schools, but also ensure that Fair Oak and Bishopstoke children will be able to get into their own infant and junior schools, and reduce pressure on Wyvern.”
The council say they will consider the wider education implications associated with a new school in consultation with existing schools and colleges, Hampshire County Council and the wider community.
If the principle of a school in this location is approved the proposal will appear in the next (pre-submission) version of the Local Plan to be published early next year.
The public consultation phase of the plan implementation ended on Monday.
The cabinet meeting will start at 7pm and is open to the public.
For a copy of the report and further details visit:www.eastleigh.gov.uk/meetings/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=254&MId=5105&Ver=4