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Planning permission granted for first Ebbsfleet Garden City primary school

CGI of Cherry Orchard Primary

CGI of Cherry Orchard Primary

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporations planning committee has granted planning permission on the first primary school at Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Cherry Orchard Primary in Castle Hill is due to open in September 2017 and will have places for 420 pupils, as well as 26 nursery children and 15 special needs pupils.

Chairman of the Ebbsfleet planning committee, David Lock, said: “I’m delighted the very first primary school for this part of the Garden City has been approved.

“Not only will the school and community centre be the focus of a new neighbourhood in Castle Hill, but it will also provide much needed school spaces for the area.”

In addition to the school, a community centre is proposed to be built adjacent to the school, but construction is not due to begin until 2018. The developers, Land Securities, also want to build play areas, sports pitches and a village square.

Ebbsfleet Garden City has been recently given a NHS "healthy new town" status, and a result the school has been designed to feature a wild flower and grassed roof.

The school will be run by the Leigh Academies Trust, which currently manages six secondary, six primary and one special needs school totalling over 9,000 pupils. The trust hopes the Cherry Orchard Primary will become a special centre for children with speech, communication and language needs.

Paul Spooner, Interim Chief Executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, is pleased to see the garden city starting to take shape.

“Development in the Garden City is now moving forward at pace," he said.

"Working with landowners, developers and utility companies we are accelerating the delivery of infrastructure and new housing.

“There are already 387 homes built with another two developers on site preparing to build 400 homes.”

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