Wiltshire

Controversial Croft Road school plan in Swindon gets go ahead

Artist's impression of school
Image caption The proposed primary school will be located next to Croft Road in Old Town

A new school in Swindon has been given the go ahead at a council meeting, despite strong local opposition.

Swindon Borough Council's planning committee approved a proposal for a primary school next to Croft Road sports centre in Old Town.

Campaigners said the area would not be able to cope with the increased volume of traffic a new school would bring.

The 420-place school is expected to open in phases, beginning in September 2012.

Local residents who opposed the plan also said the proposed access route to the school - via the unadopted section of nearby Marlborough Lane - was too narrow for traffic and potentially dangerous.

Campaigner Kareena Boyd said: "I'm absolutely and utterly shocked that the council officers could sit and recommend this access."

Swindon Borough Council said it had pledged £500,000 in "highway mitigation work" to ensure that access to the school was "safe and suitable".

Councillor David Renard, lead member for children's services at the council, said: "I'm pleased for the young people of Old Town who will now have a school in their community to go to."

Campaigners said they would appeal the planning committee's decision.

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