Gloucestershire

Gloucester Kingsway development to get new primary school

Work is to begin on a second primary school in a large "urban village" in Gloucestershire, to cope with demand.

It has been suggested the current school in the Kingsway development in Gloucester will soon run out of space.

The developer has estimated there could be 500 primary-aged children living in the area by 2013 and the current school can only hold 420.

Gloucestershire County Council will this week ask Quedgeley Urban Village Ltd to begin work on the new school.

Councillor Jackie Hall, from the Conservative-controlled council, said: "Pupil numbers are growing and, with further development planned, it is vital that we add more capacity in the area.

The first school was opened in 2008 near the middle of the housing area and the new school is to be situated south of the development.

As part of the planning considerations the county council negotiated with the developer to fund the two school sites.

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