Multi-million pound plans to build a new primary school in Ely have taken a major step forward.
Cambridgeshire County Council has now applied for planning permission to build the new school in the north of the city on land off Cam Drive – where thousands of new homes will soon be built.
The plans for the new facilities, which will be called the Isle of Ely Primary School, involve building a 630 place primary school, a 52 place early years facility, a new out of school club, as well as new outdoor teaching areas, play space, sports pitches, car parking and landscaping.
In a statement to planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the county council said: “The proposed three-form entry (630 children) primary school is situated on the site in such a way that it forms a sheltered courtyard.
“The location, to the western side of the site, as identified in the masterplan, positions the new school closer to the Ely catchment area.
“The main entrance for the primary school and pre-school face onto the semi public school square.
“Particular attention has been made to create a building with its own identity whilst reflecting elements of the Ely vernacular.”
The council says the central courtyard is “surrounded on three sides, providing a sheltered controlled area for external teaching activities” and that there will be an emphasis on “creating places of character with distinctive neighbourhoods and public realm, encouraging people to walk and cycle”.
The building itself will also be eco-friendly, with solar roof panels, heat recovery ventilation units and daylight presence detectors.
As previously reported, the Active Learning Trust (ALT) has been chosen to set up and run the new school, which is being built to cater for the city’s ever-increasing shortage of primary school places.
Its head, Bryony Surtees, has also been appointed.
Bryony, who lives in Littleport, is currently head at Cambridge’s newest school – Chesterton Primary School – which opened its doors last September. The mum-of-two will be head of both schools once Ely’s has opened.
The decision on the proposals lies with the district council.
To view the proposals or to have your say, visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk.