South East Wales

Cardiff extra school places plan considered

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Image caption There is rising demand for school places in Cardiff

Plans to create extra primary school places in parts of Cardiff could move forward if given the go-ahead by councillors.

Cardiff council's cabinet will consider the outcome of a public consultation on proposals to increase provision in Cyncoed, Penylan and Plasnewydd.

It could mean a new English-medium primary school will be created.

A consultation could also be held for more places for Butetown, Canton, Grangetown and Riverside schools.

If the cabinet agrees at its meeting on Monday to provide extra school places in the east of the city, the new school would open in September on part of the Howardian Community Education Centre site in Penylan.

'Support for plans'

Parents could apply for a place at the school from May 2015.

Councillor Julia Magill, cabinet member for education and skills, said the results of the consultation showed there was support for the proposals.

"Population projections suggest that demand will exceed the capacity of local schools so a long-term solution must be found," she added.

Meanwhile, the cabinet is also set to approve a recommendation to hold a public consultation on proposals to meet rising demand for Welsh and English primary education in Butetown, Canton, Grangetown and Riverside.

Among the options being considered are building one Welsh-medium and one English-medium school.

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