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PEOPLE who live in Whiteley will have the chance to see plans for a new school for the first time at a drop-in session.

The majority of the community has so far backed the building of a 210-place temporary school in a bid to ease over-subscription to the existing Whiteley Primary School.

As a result of a lack of school places in the town, parents have been forced into making lengthy rush-hour commutes to Locks Heath or Titchfield.

The £4.5m facility Church of England Voluntary Aided school will be built on county council-owned land off Lady Betty’s Drive. It would eventually move to a permanent site as part of the forthcoming North Whiteley development which will see the town double in size.

County councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘The development of a new primary school for Whiteley is moving ever closer.

‘I hope this drop-in session will provide local residents with an opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have with the proposal prior to it being submitted for planning consent by Hampshire County Council who are also the landowners later in December.

‘The whole aim of this project is to ensure that every Whiteley child who wishes to is able to receive their primary education in Whiteley.’

The drop-in session will be held on Monday, December 10, from 3.15pm to 6.15pm at Whiteley Community Centre, and will be attended by Hampshire County Council planning, architectural and highways officers.

A planning application is likely to be submitted by the end of the year. If permission is granted work is expected to start in spring and the school would be ready to open by September.

Comments can also be made to Richard Vaughan, children’s services department, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8UG, or by email to by Monday, December 17.