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A PUBLIC consultation about a new primary school in Whiteley has received widespread community support.

The school is planned to be sited on land off Lady Betty’s Drive and Leafy Lane.

Hampshire County Council will consider the plans on Wednesday, January 23.

Councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for children’s services, said: ‘I completely understand parents’ desire to have their children attend schools close to where they live, so I look forward to considering these proposals.

‘I know the proposals have the full support of local council members, Councillor Sean Woodward and Councillor Patricia Stallard.’

If the plans are passed, the school will be the second primary school in Whiteley and will create an extra 210 school places.

The proposal is to locate the school on a temporary site with a view to it relocating to a permanent, purpose-built building within the north Whiteley development once that land has been released by developers.

The release of the land and the procurement process will cost £2m, which would be funded by the council.