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Plans unveiled to expand secondary school in Fleet

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Plans unveiled to expand secondary school in Fleet

Published at 4:10pm 18th February 2020. (Updated at 7:40am 19th February 2020)

Plans to expand a Hampshire school have been unveiled.

A two-storey block which will provide 16 new classrooms could be built at Calthorpe Park School in Fleet.

The secondary school in Hitches Lane currently has  1250 pupils, but an expansion is needed to provide 300 new school places in order to meet future demand.

According to the proposals, the site will see 13 general teaching classrooms, two technology rooms, a new dining area and offices, 30 parking spaces including some for buses and minibuses and 30 spaces for bicycles.

The new building is expected to be built at the site of the former leisure centre which has now been demolished.

The plans were first unveiled this week at the meeting of the Regulatory Committee at Hampshire County Council.

Planning bosses told committee members that the county council has worked closely with students, parents, governors and school staff and will continue to do so.

A planning officers added:

“We had extensive consultations.

"The main concerns were to do with vehicles and pedestrians rights around the site.

"There’s been a lot of  housing development in the local area.

"We provided a new pedestrian access to the north of the site.

"We agree that we need to develop a management plan.”

The plans were also welcomed by Fleet Town councillor Steve Forster who asked the committee to also consider a new path for pedestrians and more security measures for the bicycle storage.

“I am delighted to see this.

"The new school expansion is an essential element related to the growth in population.

"It is just another step in that process that shows that the county council is planning ahead.

"What is planned here is absolutely the very best option.

"The plans are great and I am totally supportive.”

The committee backed the scheme.

A final decision on the plans is now expected to be made by Councillor Roz Chadd, the  Executive Member for Education and Skills at the county council at her decision day meeting on 26 February 2020.