Much needed future school places for the High Leigh Garden Village housing development have been approved by Hertfordshire County Council.
The proposal will see the Westfield Community Primary School increase from a one-form to a two-form entry school and relocated from its current position in Westfield Road to serve the new development, located just off the A10 at Hoddesdon.
The school is due to relocate to its new site in September 2022 and will be part of the county council’s response to the local housing growth agenda.
As with other parts of the UK, Hertfordshire is facing up to the challenge of how to accommodate a growing population and ensuring there are enough schools to facilitate good growth and sustainable communities.
After it was agreed by Full County Council last Tuesday (19 February), Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Terry Douris said: “This is great news for the school which will benefit both existing and new residents through the provision of brand new educational facilities.”
Operations Director for Education, Simon Newland said: “We are committed to making sure there are enough school places in Hoddesdon to give every child the opportunity to thrive.
“This new school will provide school places as close as possible to the demand for them, creating a sustainable resource for both the new and existing communities in Hoddesdon.”
The proposal for the new 420-place school went out to public consultation in January 2018, involving parents, staff, residents, community groups and local authorities. The plans are subject to securing the relevant planning permission for the new school building.