Plans unveiled for primary school for North Bersted

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FORMAL plans have been revealed for a new school in North Bersted.

The planning application for the £4m-£5m building has been submitted by West Sussex County Council.

The primary school will be on the eastern boundary of the Bersted Park housing development, known as site six.

Its site will be about 1.3ha and to the north of North Bersted Street.

The school will replace the current Bartons Infant School on Romney Broadwalk.

A statement with the application says: “The proposed Bartons Primary School is a single-storey building with seven classrooms opening directly on to external teaching spaces.

“The multi-purpose hall, which will be used for dining, assembly and physical education, has a higher ceiling level and this adds further interest to the roofscape.

“The proposed landscape scheme includes a 4,200sq m playing field and a 30 x 40m games court with hard-standing. There is an informal play area which could also be used for external dining purposes adjacent to the main hall.”

The proposed primary school will be able to accommodate 210 pupils aged four to 11 compared to the current school’s 180 children aged between four and seven.

The county council says the extra spaces are needed because of the site six development of some 700 houses.

The developer, Berkeley Homes, is providing £750,000 towards the cost of the new school and its site as part of its planning permission for the housing.

It is expected the proposed school will open in September 2014.

It will have seven classrooms with associated group rooms, flexible spaces and learning resource areas.

A specialist practical room will act as either a teaching space or for use by the local community.

The new school is part of a shake-up of schools around site six. As reported, Laburnum Grove Primary School is set to expand.