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Plan for new school and homes in Barns Green

A school and about 70 homes will be built in Barns Green if developers and two councils get their way.

After months of consultation locally, Berkeley Homes has agreed a scheme in principle with West Sussex County Council and Itchingfield Parish Council. The decision rests with Horsham District Council.

Berkeley Homes wants to build 69 houses or flats on the eastern side of Barns Green. These would be a mixture of one-bedroom flats and one, two, three, four and five-bedroom houses, with 41 per cent of the units containing one or two bedrooms.

The school would be built on the current site of Itchingfield Primary School, in the heart of Barns Green, becoming a one-site school incorporating the junior school currently located in Itchingfield. One hundred pupils aged four to 11 currently attend the two schools, but the new school would accommodate up to 150. It is estimated to cost £4 million, with most of the money coming from Berkeley Homes.

The scheme also includes a fund administered by Itchingfield Parish Council, used for what the county council describes as “projects specifically designed to benefit the local community”.

Cllr Peter Griffiths, county council Cabinet Member for schools, said: “After lengthy consultations and negotiations, I am delighted that a planning application has been submitted. It is an excellent outcome for the school, parents and children, the community, the county council and the developer working together. I’m sure the new school will provide a wonderful learning environment for generations to come.”

Subject to planning permission, building work on the new school and the housing development will start early next summer. The county council hopes the school will be completed by the late summer of 2014, with the first pupils starting there that September and the houses occupied the following year.

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