A new primary school is to be set up on the former Whittingham Hospital site to meet a predicted shortfall of places in the Goosnargh, Grimsargh and Longridge areas.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council has approved a number of additional primary and secondary school places.
These include the new Whittingham primary school over time would accommodate 420 children and begin operating from September 2025 as a free school.
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The new places are needed due to increased housing development in the Goosnargh and Grimsargh areas, plus a rising birth rate.
An initial consultation will run from Monday 12 June until Sunday 9 July about the proposals for the new Whittingham primary school and be followed a formal consultation.
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County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “As a local authority we have statutory duty to ensure there are enough high-quality school places available to meet demand.
“The actions taken by our cabinet will ensure that we will meet this statutory duty and deliver additional school places in areas where we know need them most.
“Providing additional school places will always need to be carefully managed to mitigate the overall impact and residents can be assured this will be the case for all of our planned schemes.”
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