Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire schools enlargement to create 1,000 extra places

Proposals to enlarge a number schools in Hampshire creating more than 1,000 additional school places could be approved later.

The £15m plans affect eight schools in Andover, Eastleigh, Basingstoke and Emsworth.

Hampshire County Council said a number of factors, including a rise in births and housing development, had led to an increased demand for school places.

If proposals are agreed they would be opened to a public consultation.

'Significant investment'

The schools proposed for enlargement are: Vigo Infant and Junior schools and Endeavour Primary School in Andover; The Crescent and Nightingale primary schools in Eastleigh; Merton Infant and Junior schools in Basingstoke and Emsworth Primary in Emsworth.

Councillor Roy Perry, executive lead member for children's services at Hampshire County Council, will be asked to approve the plans.

"These proposals represent significant investment to ensure that children can attend their local schools," he said.

Plans are also under way to create more school places in Fleet, Farnborough, Bramley and Overton.

Consultations are already taking place on the enlargement of Winnall Primary School and St Peter's Catholic Primary School in Winchester.

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