Additional infant school provision for Church Crookham
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
A three-form entry infant school in Church Crookham is a step closer after planning permission was granted by Hampshire County Council.
The County Council's Regulatory Committee gave the go ahead for the three-form entry school to be built on land which was the former Queen Elizabeth Barracks. The site was previously an open recreation/training ground for the Ministry of Defence.
The school, Tweseldown Infant school, has been designed so it can expand into a four form entry school in the future if the demand for places dictates.
As well as having nine classrooms, food technology room, staff room, admin offices, pupil and staff toilets, kitchen and storage rooms, the school will also have facilities for the wider community to use including a main hall, library and ICT learning resource centre, food technology classroom, a community room and toilets.
The eco-friendly building has been designed to ensure minimal energy loss and consumption, fitted with smart meter technology to monitor energy consumption. Through the proposed landscaping of the site it could also positively contribute to the ecological value of the area through the generation of further habitat areas for wildlife.
Meeting demand for school places
The school will meet the demand from new housing being built on the former MOD site.
Commenting Councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire County Council's Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, said: "This represents significant investment by the County Council in education in the Church Crookham area. Not only will this school meet the needs of children on this new housing development but as a community school Tweseldown will be open for use after school hours to the wider community and I trust it will become a real focal point, at the heart of community life in the area."