Growing demand for more school places in Buckshaw Village

Full: Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School needs more places to cope with growing demand in Buckshaw Village

Full: Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School needs more places to cope with growing demand in Buckshaw Village

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Plans are underway to create extra school places in a new village to cope with growing demand over the next few years.

A move to create 60 extra places in Buckshaw Village, near Leyland and Euxton near Chorley, come as the Local Government Association warned of a looming national places crisis.

Consultation starts next week on proposals to permanently expand Trinity CE/Methodist in Buckshaw and Euxton Primrose Hill primary schools.

This will see the number of reception class places at Primrose Hill rise from 30 to 60 from 2016 and beyond.

At Trinity, the intake would increase from 60 to 90, which would see the school would have expand onto a second site in the Buckshaw Village development.

Work has only just finished on a £2.3m project to double the size of the two-storey school, which only opened in 2011.

Any further expansion would have to be catered for in a separate on a nearby site in the village.

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, Matthew Tomlinson said: “One of our key responsibilities at the county council is making sure that there are enough school places to meet demand.”

Since 2009 404 extra primary places have been created in Preston, Chorley and South, Ribble. Another 150 high school places will be available in Chorley from 2015.