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VISITS have been made to schools across Hampshire to see how they are meeting increasing demand for places from next September.

Hampshire County Council’s lead member for children’s services, councillor Keith Mans and the member for education councillor Peter Edgar visited schools in Whiteley, Romsey and Eastleigh.

The council is aiming to provide 8,000 additional primary school places in areas of high demand with a planned investment of £165m.

The councillors visited the new Cornerstones Primary School in Whiteley, which opened in September.

Cllr Mans said: ‘Cornerstones is a good example of how we have worked with the community to meet the demand for school places arising from new housing developments bringing more young families into the area.

‘The quality of accommodation is excellent and I can see that, in the future, we will be able to build from this to meet further increased demand in this area, arising from new homes that are yet to be built. ‘