Jennett's Park school plans hang in balance
June 30, 2010
Plans for the long-awaited primary school at Jennett’s Park are due to go before the council’s planning committee next month – just a short time before it was originally scheduled to open.
The school was originally set to open this September but delays have held up the project and developers hope that, if the plans are approved, it will open in September 2011.
Mike Owen, spokesman for Jennett’s Park Consortium, said: “The consortium is working in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council in the planning for the primary school and is delighted that its construction is moving forward.
“The primary school will be very much at the heart of the Jennett’s Park community and we know that existing and prospective residents will welcome the news that, subject to planning permission, building work will soon be underway.”
The consortium, which is made up of housebuilders Persimmon Homes and Redrow Homes, hopes building work will start in late summer.
David Watkins, the council’s chief officer for performance and resources, said: “This is a very exciting time for Bracknell Forest and the community developing at Jennett’s Park.
“We have been working very closely with Jennett’s Park Consortium and the planning application has now been submitted.
“We look forward to starting work on the state-of-the-art primary school later this year and welcoming new pupils in 2011.”
If approved, the primary school will eventually have a two-form entry with facilities for 420 pupils.
It will be in the centre of the development off Sparrowhawk Way and will have 14 classrooms, computer facilities for pupils, a nursery and landscaping, including hard and soft play areas, which will be used for outdoor learning.
The final decision on the application now rests with Bracknell Forest Council’s planning committee, which meets on Thursday, July 22.