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Decision day deferred for new 'super-school' in Winchester
4:59pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Winchester
A CONTROVERSIAL application to build a new ‘super school’ in Winchester has been deferred, much to the surprise of people opposing it.
The plans for the new primary school at The Westgate — which would provide 420 places and a 55-place nursery — were set to go before a regulatory committee on March 13, but the application has been postponed.
Speaking for the group which opposes the plan, Paul Cooper, 62, a business strategy consultant of Cheriton Road, said: “We need to understand more fully the basis for the deferral. If it was to give enough time to review the fundamental options — ie build a single school at Westgate or expand
the existing neighbourhood primary schools — then that would be a victory for common sense.
“I think if it is simply to try and determine more underlying data to support a flawed case, then I think it just represents a breathing space.”
It follows a site visit by the committee on Monday, and a number of amendments made to the proposals on February 28, including parking for 40 cars in Chilbolton Avenue.
Fellow Cheriton Road resident Chris Jones, 60, said: “We were disappointed to hear that the planning committee visited the site at mid-day. This is obviously away from the main morning and evening peaks, so they can have no personal indication of the traffic chaos the current school generates.
“Hopefully the extra time will give them a further opportunity to visit.”
The county council was unavailable for comment.