New school could take seven years

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FRESH concerns have been raised about primary school places in Daventry after it was revealed we may have to wait seven years before a school is built on the new Monksmoor estate.

Previously Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) said the 1,000 home development to the north of the town should have a primary school by 2014/15.

But at a consultation last week the plans showed it is now more likely to be 2018/19 before a school is open.

Plans from developer Crest Nicholson show that 500 homes on the estate will probably be occupied by the time a school is ready, and there are fears this could lead to the town running out of places for youngsters.

There are also concerns the development could see a repeat of what happened on Middlemore estate, where a school was promised but never built.

Chairman of Middlemore Residents’ Association Tom Bond said: “Some of the members of the residents’ association went down to have a look at the consultation and found even though the money for a school will be released when the 300th home is occupied, the school will probably not be built until the 500th home is built, which is going to be around the 2018/19 mark.

“That goes against the 2014/15 date which NCC has been saying all along. I’m really concerned that we are going to see the same thing that happened on Middlemore and we feel betrayed at the moment.

For the full story see today’s Daventry Express