Pre-planning drop-in event seeks views on plans for new community primary school
Hampshire County Council and the University of Winchester Academy Trust (UWinAT) are holding a public ‘drop-in’ event to enable residents to see plans for a new primary academy school and talk to officers from the County Council – and UWinAT as the academy sponsors – about their vision for an innovative learning environment.
The event will be held on 22 April at the University of Winchester and residents’ views will contribute to the formal pre-planning application consultation which opened on 30 March. The consultation lasts until 20 May and it is expected that the planning application will be submitted in early summer.
The Barton Farm Academy is to be built as part of the County Council’s largest ever investment in building new schools and school expansions to provide over 11,000 new primary school places, across Hampshire, by 2018.
The £8.6 million school will serve the major new community development on Winchester’s northern boundary, providing 420 school places for children from the ages of 4-11.
Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Cllr Peter Edgar said: “We have a long term strategy in place to ensure that every child has a school place when they reach the age to start their primary education. This is testament to robust forward planning and our resilience in the current financial climate, and is backed by our reputation for the quality of our building design, the ability to deliver value for money, and the overall quality of our support for schools, which has been singled out by Ofsted as being among the best in the country.”
“Our aim is to create an environmentally-friendly primary academy at the centre of the new Barton Farm community,” said Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester. “Children are at the heart of the design, with creative and inspirational spaces for learning both inside and outdoors, and we are keen to ensure the Academy gives all pupils the best foundation to achieve their potential.”
The drop-in event offers members of the community and business organisations a chance to view the plans and comment on proposals for the state-of-the-art buildings.
The new school campus has been designed to align with the University of Winchester’s high standards for innovation and environmental sustainability, by Hampshire County Council’s in-house team of architects and landscape designers. The academy is scheduled to open in September 2017.
“It has been a very exciting process working with Hampshire County Council architects to develop plans for the new Barton Farm Academy,” added Professor Carter. “We look forward to hearing people’s views on the plans during this consultation.”
The Barton Farm Academy consultation takes place from 5-7pm on Wednesday 22 April at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. For further information please visit www.winchester.ac.uk/bartonfarm