Tadpole Farm is to have a second primary school after Swindon Council’s cabinet agreed that another North Swindon school should be built there.
As part of their planning permission Crest Homes were required to have built a school by the time 564 of the 1,650 houses for the site north of Oakhurst have been built – several years away.
But to cope with the demand for school places across North Swindon, a further 90 extra reception places are needed by September 2014. Five sites had been under consideration and Tadpole Farm was chosen as the least worst to build a two form entry school. The other 30 places will be created at Orchid Vale Primary School.
Crest has agreed to open up Tadpole Farm for development sooner than expected and provide land for another primary school, but Swindon Council will have to pay £3 million to build a safe access road across what will become a giant construction site – in addition to the cost of building the school. The money will be returned to the council after an agreed number of houses have been sold.
A planning application for the school and the road will be submitted soon.