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County education chiefs say it’s too early to say how they would spend the £500,000-plus funding pot they are asking for from a developer hoping to build 100 more homes in Pinchbeck.

Ashley King Developments is looking for full permission to build the properties at Yews Farm - which is off Spalding Road and next to the under-construction relief road.

It also wants outline permission for 300 more homes on the site.

Pinchbeck East Primary School. (56801071)
Pinchbeck East Primary School. (56801071)

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If given the go ahead, Lincolnshire County Council says that it wants £547,112 from the developer to go towards funding school places.

That cash is just for the initial 100 homes - and bosses say they would ask for more money to cater for the other 300.

Its submission states that 18 primary school places, 17 secondary school places and three sixth form spots would be needed to cater for people living in the homes.

The secondary and sixth form places would be needed in Spalding, while the primary spaces would be provided under the ‘Spalding West Primary Planning area’.

When asked by the Free Press, the county council said it could not yet say if this money will go towards extending a school in Spalding or Pinchbeck, or if a new primary school may be needed.

Matthew Clayton, admissions and education provision manager, said: “We work closely with district councils to assess the impact of any developments on local school places and ensure that appropriate contributions are requested from the developer to mitigate this.

“We can’t specify how this funding will be used at this early stage.

“If the development does go ahead, we will look at available school places in the area and other planned developments to determine whether it is more appropriate to extend an existing school or create a new one to meet the extra demand.”

Figures released to this paper after a Freedom of Information request show that, as of October 2020, there were 396 children at Pinchbeck Primary School.

Between 2014 and 2016 the school was expanded - taking 60 pupils a year instead of 40. Last year the county council told the Free Press it did not anticipate expanding the school further in the near future.

The nearest primary school to the Yews Farm site is actually Spalding Primary School. This admits 60 children a year and had 408 pupils on roll in October 2020.

Nearby Wygate Park Academy takes 30 children a year, with 240 children attending as of October 2020.



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