Primary school will be built on new town development

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A PRIMARY school will be built on Daventry’s new Monksmoor estate, the county council has confirmed.

Last month it was announced that Crest Nicholson had come to an agreement to build 1,000 homes at the site on the edge of Daventry.

Concerns were raised over school places, particularly after promises that a new school would be built on the nearby Middlemore estate were never fulfilled.

But Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) has this week confirmed that plans are in place for a new school when ‘occupancy levels on the Monksmoor development make it feasible’.

The site will also have shops and leisure facilities.

NCC councillor Chris Long, who represents Daventry West, said: “As far as I’m concerned there should have been a school in that area for a long time.

“I campaigned for a long time to get a school built on Middlemore but unfortunately that was unsuccessful.

“If a school is built on Monksmoor it’s not a solution to that problem.

“But it will make life a lot easier for a lot of parents as currently they have to trek across town to the Grange and sometimes even the Southbrook to get their children to school.

“I would very much welcome this and think it’s something that will be needed if these houses are built.”

The county council said the school will be a ‘two-form entry’ which means each year group will have two classes.

A spokesman for NCC added: “We are committed to opening a primary school on Monksmoor when occupancy levels on the development make it feasible.”