THE SITE of a proposed new secondary school to meet growing demand in Warwick and Leamington is being reconsidered.
Plans have been revealed to build a new school on land off Oakley Wood Road leading to Bishops Tachbrook, rather than the initial proposal to site it on land behind Myton School, which has been deemed not big enough.
The new school is needed to meet demand for places in the two towns which are forecast to be some 250 secondary school places short by 2025 unless action is taken.
The new school would have 1,200 places, including a sixth form, and the plan is for it to be welcoming pupils by 2023. There would also be a 420 place primary school on site, and special educational needs provision.
The demand is being driven by the 17,000 new homes being built as part of Warwick District Council’s local plan, which will shape the future of the area up to 2031.
Council chiefs are set to support the new school proposals when the ruling executive meets next week, with conditions including
the community being able to use the school’s sports facilities out of hours.
The car park would also be available for use by people using the neighbouring Tach Brook County Park currently being developed. The park – which is set to be around the size of 60 football pitches – will spread across Whitnash and Warwick.
Council chiefs will also discuss the wider Europa Way project, including a proposal which would see the athletic track currently located off Edmonscote Road move to the site behind Myton School previously earmarked for the new secondary school. It would be next to the planned Community Football Stadium which will be home to Leamington FC.
They will also consider plans to create a new public park on floodplain land next to the rivers Leam and Avon close to Leamington Recycling Centre on Princes Drive.
The council’s executive will meet on Wednesday November 28.