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New Bingham primary school to cost £7.9m

The creation of a new 315-place primary school in Bingham will cost £7.9m to deliver, council documents have revealed.

Nottinghamshire County Council approved the new school in June, which forms part of the 1,050-home Chapel Lane development in north-west Bingham.

The new school, between Widnall Drive and Dunsmore Avenue, will be delivered over two phases, initially accommodating 210 places before capacity is increased to 315 children.

The site of the new primary school at Roman's Quarter, Bingham. (47283189)
The site of the new primary school at Roman's Quarter, Bingham. (47283189)

It will also feature a 26-place nursery.

The school plans also include a grass playing pitch, a hard-surfaced outdoor play area, and a carpark for staff and parents.

The school is expected to commence teaching in September 2022, however, this is dependent on construction not interfering with property building.

And now documents, recommended for approval by the authority’s finance committee on September 6, have confirmed the estimated cost of the scheme.

An initial budget of £7.2m was set for the school, but councillors will ask the government for an additional £713,000 grant.

The council estimates £7,047,430 will be needed for construction and building, with £605,440 required in professional fees and £260,000 for furniture and equipment.

It takes the overall cost to £7,913,870.

Around £2.8m of this will be provided through Section 106 developer contributions, with the remainder from the Department for Education’s basic need allocation.

Richard Butler, chairman of the planning and rights of way committee, said in June: “We assessed there is a demand for more school places in Bingham, made even more pressing by the construction of new homes.

“Nevertheless, it was clear a build-up of traffic and congestion from accessing the school must be avoided, and measures will have to be taken to influence parent and child behaviour.

“The committee concluded this school will help young people, in an expanding town, to get an education without putting too much pressure on local infrastructure.”

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