Schools expansion is going to be a key theme across Wellington in the coming year. Court Fields is scheduled to see work start on three new classrooms and an entire new primary school will service new homes at Longforth Farm and Jurston Farm.
Court Fields is currently not full to capacity, with just over 700 pupils in a school that can hold 850 students. However, Somerset County Council predictions show numbers rising to around 920 in just over three years time as the current “bulge” in the primary school population moves through the system.
The Court Fields project is likely to cost in the region of £750,00, with the new primary school costing well over £2m as the decision has already been taken to build a large school with a two form entry per year, as opposed to a single smaller school on each of the new housing developments.
Much of the money will come from so-called S.106 money that developers are obliged to pay to local authorities; a levy on the sale of each new house towards community facilities. In this case, Midas Homes, which developed 69 homes at Westford Grange, and Persimmon Homes for 300 of the houses built at Cades Farm.
A further tranche of money is due from Bloor Homes in respect of Longforth Farm and construction work has yet to start at Jurston Farm, where over 600 new houses are to be built over a 10-year period.