Primary school granted approval

Planning permission has been granted for the first primary school to be built as part of major development in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy will provide places for 420 pupils in Castle Hill and is due to open in September 2017. There will also be space for 26 nursery children and another 15 pupils who have special needs.

The facility will be run by Leigh Academies Trust, which has six secondary and six primary schools, as well as one special needs school. There are further proposals in the masterplan for three new primary schools and a secondary school. The Ebbsfleet planning committee met in March 2016 to approve plans lodged by Land Securities, which also wants to build sports pitches, play areas and a village square.

Chairman of EDC’s Planning Committee, David Lock, said: “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 places for the area.”

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