Birmingham news 150-place school expansion plan to serve new housing estates MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Education chief talks down prospect of traffic problems
Breaking News ! A Solihull secondary school is set to be expanded to help meet the rising demand from thousands of new homes. Plans to cater for the major new housing development in the west and centre of the borough will in part hinge on adding an extra 150 places at Alderbrook School. Separate proposals to enlarge St Augustine's Catholic Primary, nearby, had been dropped some 12 months ago in light of serious concerns about traffic. Although this week Solihull's education chief played down comparisons with the Alderbrook plan - insisting the senior school had "good public transport links." Under proposals, which would be put out to public consultation, the expansion plan would come into effect from September 2022. Read More Related Articles Sign up to BirminghamLive's free politics newsletter for daily headlines Read More Related Articles Black Country Live newsletter - daily news direct to your inbox Cllr Jean Hamilton, Solihull Green Party's schools spokeswoman, had specifically asked if the infrastructure could cope with the additional intake at the Blossomfield Road site. "We have had problems in that area haven't we with transport getting children to and from the school," she said.
. "The problems we had before were parking around the other side of that campus, whereas Alderbrook faces onto the main road and the main bus route, so that makes life a lot easier."
Part of the concern about this location is that there is a cluster of several schools in close proximity, which can lead to significant vehicle movements on surrounding streets in the morning and afternoon. Although the St Augustine's proposal was especially contentious because, as a faith school, it has a larger than usual catchment area - with more youngsters needing to be dropped off and collected. Council officer Ann Pearson has confirmed the intention to consult on the Alderbrook plan, which is largely a response to recent house-building in Cheswick Green and other schemes which lie on the horizon. While changes to the school buildings themselves are proposed, to help cope with the 150 extra pupils, any alterations will have to go through the usual planning process.
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