A consultation has been launched following the unveiling of plans for a £1.6 million expansion to a Farnborough school.
South Farnborough Junior School is one of nine schools in Hampshire set to get a share of almost £23 million to invest in high quality learning spaces as part of a major investment agreed by the county council.
The school, in Cunnington Road, could receive £1.6 million towards a four-classroom extension which will increase its capacity from 240 pupils to 360.
The school is currently over-subscribed, with around 310 pupils on the roll. The council’s buildings, land and procurement panel supported the project proposals at a meeting on Tuesday March 18 and a planning consultation has been launched with Rushmoor Borough Council.
Plans include a two-storey extension to the rear of the existing building and additional toilet facilities and staff car parking spaces.
The existing ICT space at the school will be converted into a group room and hall storage.
The latest scheme is part of a £147 million capital investment, which is planned to create up to 8,000 new school places throughout Hampshire by 2016, ensuring there is a space for every child in the county. A spokesman for the county council said: “Demand is growing, and it’s due not just to an increase in the birth rate, but also to new housing developments and more families attracted into Hampshire.”
Councillor John Wall, representing Farnborough South, said: “This project has my full support as South Farnborough Junior School has been over stretched for a while.
“There has been significant development in the local area and many families will be pleased that the capacity of such a fine and popular school is to be permanently increased.
“I would like an assurance that the schedule is, subject to minimising the effects on local residents, designed to provide for occupation of the new classrooms for the start of the September 2015 term.”
It is anticipated that works will commence on site during autumn and are expected to be completed during summer next year.
The school site will remain in use during construction and the council says that arrangements will be made to manage the health and safety impact to all users of the site.
The county has applied for permission for the extension and is seeking comments from the borough. Residents can submit their views through the borough council’s website until Monday April 14.