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Artist's impression reveals the look of proposed £8m school

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: February 05, 2009

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THIS is the first image of what the proposed £8 million state-of-the-art Carclaze Primary School will look like.

The artist's impression has been revealed just weeks after it was announced the infant and junior schools were merging.

If granted planning permission, the junior school will be demolished to make way for the new building.

However, the plans for the new school have been the subject of much debate since they were announced back in 2007.

Many people wished to see the construction of the primary school on land behind John Keay House, which was supported by more than 1,200 letters.

However, the county council is currently undergoing a consultation process regarding the planning application until February 20, and has until the end of March to reach a decision.

Despite the fact that the planning application won't be decided until the end of March, county and district councillor John Stocker has been announced as the chair of the temporary board of governors, which has been set up to oversee the development of the new school.

Commenting on the artist's impression, Cllr Stocker, who represents the Carclaze area on both councils, said: "The architects have drawn innovative plans using the latest ideas for being eco-friendly and encompassing the latest educational ideas.

"It will truly be a school for the 21st century which will bring the highest standards for classrooms and facilities to the north of St Austell."

Cllr Stocker will be joined on the temporary board of governors by Ashley Shopland and Steve Double, who are the existing chair of governors at the infant and junior schools, and will now be vice chairs of the temporary governing body.

The temporary governing body will not start its work until planning permission has been granted for the new school.

If planning permission is granted the work is expected to start in June this year, and is expected to be completed by July 30, 2010, which will mean the new school will be open for staff and pupils in September 2010.

A county council spokesman said: "The proposal represents a significant investment in primary provision in St Austell and will provide future generations of children with first class educational facilities in the community."

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