Holland Haven Primary School expansion proposals to be unveiled to public

An artist's impression of Holland Haven Primary School. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

An artist's impression of Holland Haven Primary School. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

Essex parents and residents will get a first glimpse of plans to expand a primary school in Holland-on-Sea next week.

Proposals to expand Holland Haven Primary School and create more than 100 new places will be available to view at a public exhibition at the school in Primrose Road from 3-6.30pm on Monday, November 13.

The £1.4 million project, funded by Essex County Council, would see 105 new places created to help meet the growing demand in the area.

A new building containing four classes would be constructed, along with an all-weather sports pitch and additional car parking spaces.

Boards illustrating the proposed floor plans and design will be on show at the exhibition and feedback questionnaires will be available.

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Council officers, as well as the project manager, architect and planning consultant, will also be on hand to discuss the proposals.

Ray Gooding, cabinet member for education at Essex County Council, said school expansion work is “vital”.

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He said “Our investment in creating new school places has meant we have continued to be able to offer the overwhelming majority of pupils a place at one of their parents’ preferred schools.

“We recognise that further places are still needed and are planning to spend about £230million on creating new school places across the county over the next three years.

“Projects such as this one are vital if we are to continue to meet the rising demand and I am very pleased with the proposals.

“I would encourage parents and residents to have their say by taking part in the consultation process.”

The authority has also released a new artist’s impression of how the school will look following the expansion work.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation and the planning process, it is hoped building works will start by July 2018 and be completed ahead of September 2019.

For those unable to attend the public exhibition, the questionnaire and details of the plans will be published at www.essexinsight.org.uk (under themes and projects – current consultations) throughout the consultation period, which started yesterday and runs until Sunday, November 19.

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