Proposals to extend a primary school at the heart of a fast-growing housing development in the parish of North Petherton have been given the go ahead.
Members of Somerset County Council’s Regulation Committee today (Thursday 7 January 2016) approved plans for a two classroom extension at Somerset Bridge Primary School.
The school, which is located in the new Stockmoor Village development on the southern edge of Bridgwater, was built in 2010 and currently has 418 pupils. The addition of two more classrooms will bring an extra 60, much-needed pupil places from September 2016.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “Today’s decision is really good news for families moving into the houses at Stockmoor Village, who want to send their children to their local school, instead of further afield.
“As one of the key areas of growth in the Bridgwater area, there is a clear and rising demand for primary school places in this part of Sedgemoor, so this is a positive development for families in the area.”
The new classroom extension will include storage and toilet facilities, and has been designed to be in-keeping with the rest of the modern school building. With the two extra classrooms aimed at serving the increase in housing within the school’s catchment area, the school is in walking or cycling distance for most pupils.