Silsoe school expansion - have your say

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Consultation has begun into plans to relocate and expand a village lower school in Mid Beds.

Parents have another chance to have their say on plans to move Silsoe Lower School onto a new site.

The proposal aims to provide for up to 90 additional places for local children in the area.

Following a public consultation in March, the council has published a statutory notice about the proposals for Silsoe which can be commented on for a further month.

Following this a final decision will be made in August.

If approved, the new site would open in time for the start of the academic year 2016/17.

An expansion of the school on its existing site is not feasible so the proposed new school will be situated on site of the former Cranfield University Campus. The proposals include provision of a new community sports facility.

The proposals are part of our wider ‘New School Places’ programme which aims to ensure that every child has a place in a local school. With a growing local population in Central Bedfordshire it’s estimated that our school population could increase by 6,000 over the next five years.

The statutory notice can be viewed at and comments can be made within four weeks of its publication on June 2.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “A key role for the council is to ensure that all our children have a place at a local school and with significant housing development in this area, there is a real need for new places in Silsoe. Our ‘New School Places’ programme is a hugely important piece for work for us and we estimate that we’ll spend over £100m in the next five years on implementing it.

“The plans for the new school have many benefits, not only providing a high quality learning environment for local children, but also community and sports facilities for local residents.”