Friday, 27 January 2012

Go-Ahead Given For New Cambourne Secondary School

Cllr Andy Pellew

Planning permission has been granted for a new 750-place secondary school to serve the village of Cambourne.

The need for a secondary school has arisen as a result of the growth of Cambourne. Secondary school aged children living in the village currently go to Comberton Village College - the catchment area school.

Some pupils, in certain year groups, have been offered places at Chesterton Community College or other nearby schools when Comberton Village College has been full.

Comberton Village College has already indicated that it will have insufficient places to meet the demand from its catchment area from 2013 - hence the need for a new school.

The school - which will accommodate 750 pupils and 100 staff when fully occupied - will be built on the western side of Cambourne, adjacent to Lower Cambourne and the Business Park. It will be close to the offices of South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The two-storey building will feature a central corridor, with a sports hall, a dining hall and classrooms running off either side.

Access for vehicles will be from Sheepfold Lane, but Cambridgeshire County Council - who submitted the application - hope the majority of pupils will walk and cycle, since the school's catchment area will be limited to Cambourne itself.

The County Council's Development Control Committee approved the application when it met today (January 27).

Local Parish Councillor Andy Pellew said "It's fantastic that this much needed and much campaigned for new school is finally being built. This should serve as a lesson to those planning the new development in Northstowe that it's vitally important to get new infrastructure, like schools, in place as early as possible. The residents of Cambourne have waited too long for this development, but I'm delighted to see that by the start of 2014 they will finally have a a secondary school."