Swindon Borough Council’s school admissions team were on hand to answer questions from about 50 parents about the primary school at Tadpole Farm at an information event held in the Tawny Owl pub at the end of November.
Education place planning manager Gareth Cheal said: “According to the government’s directives any new school that is planned has to be either an academy or a free school.
"During the bid process three academy organisations came forward and the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust was selected to run the Tadpole Farm school, which has now been confirmed by the Department for Education.”
The school is being built to tackle a shortage of primary school places across North Swindon and is planned to open with an initial intake of 60 children in September 2014.
Rumours that some of the places will be allocated on the basis of church attendance are incorrect. Mr Cheal confirmed that admission procedures will conform to those operated at non-church schools.
To ensure children can get to the school in September 2014, construction of an access road off Tadpole Lane started in November (pictured).
This is required to allow the school building to be constructed in advance of detailed planning permission for the 1,695 houses which will be built by Crest Homes in the surrounding fields.
The temporary construction access road adds about 20 HGVs and 69 cars to the 5,500 vehicles that use Tadpole Lane daily.
Swindon Council’s highways department has issued a closure order on Tadpole Lane from 8 January to allow traffic calming and speed restriction measures to be introduced along the road.
The planning permission for the Tadpole Farm development requires the work to be carried out before house building commences.
A 30mph speed limit will be extended to cover the whole of Tadpole Lane and chicanes will be introduced to reinforce the speed restrictions. The work will also include installing rumble strips and widening the footway along Lady Lane.
The work is expected to be completed in March, although there is provision in the order to allow it to carry on to July.
Crest Strategic Projects is to receive a £500,000 loan from the Coalition Government as part of the Local Infrastructure Fund to allow the development of advance infrastructure for Tadpole Farm. The money iis secured against developer assets and repayment will start in 2015.
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, said the money would make the development more attractive to people interested in moving to the area. “It is about the importance of being able to get the right infrastructure in place at the beginning rather than at the end of development. It will be a huge boost to residents and improve the quality of the development.
“It will encourage people to move where there are facilities in place and not be put off because they have not yet been provided.
“It’s an issue I’ve addressed in Parliament following my time as a North Swindon councillor when there were so many complaints about the marketing promises developers made, but then were slow to deliver on. In some places, namely Redhouse Village House, Crest changed the original plans so that housing has replaced commercial or community facilities, and still have not delivered a pub for the community.
“I’m glad the Local Infrastructure Fund is now available to make things happen early at Tadpole Farm.”
Crest hope to start building houses in Spring 2014.
Pictured above, the layout of the first stage of the development. Left, an artist impression of the street scene envisaged at Tadpole Farm