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Meetings planned over Furze Platt Senior School proposal

Meetings planned over Furze Platt Senior School proposal

Nicola Hine

Updates on plans to move Furze Platt Senior School to Spencers Farm will be provided for parents of pupils at a series of meetings later this month.

A message posted on the school's website today says it wants to invite parents to be further involved in the proposals, which include building 320 houses and a new school in North Town and replacing the old school site in Furze Platt Road with 380 houses.

As the anticipated completion date - should the project go ahead - is 2015 many of the pupils already at the school would not actually be affected by the move.

The message says the school wants parents to contribute to the design process so the new 'community campus' would be of 'maximum benefit' to students and families.

It also says it understands some community members might find such bold proposals 'unsettling' but that they too will be invited in to see why the new buildings are so important.

Extracts from building concept drawings are expected to be revealed within the next few weeks along with further information.

The school has been working with Summerleaze on the proposals and has asked the Royal Borough to include them in the Borough Local Plan.

But this will not be finalised until 2013 and so no formal planning application has been made yet.

The meeting dates are as follows:

Tuesday, May 29 from 7-8pm for parents of students in years nine and 10

Thursday, May 31 from 7-8pm for parents of students in years seven and eight

Thursday, May 31 from 8.30-9.30pm for parents of students in years 11, 12 and 13

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