House building plans to increase school demand

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Three new primary schools are likely to be needed in the vast rural district of Ryedale in the next 15 years to cope with the anticipated number of children, because more new homes are being built.

A new North Yorkshire County Council report has identified the implications of expansion plans for Malton, Norton and Pickering.

The revelation has come from the director of children and young people’s services, Cynthia Welbourn, who says the new planning blueprint for Ryedale, known as the Strategic Development Plan, envisages about 200 homes being built each year between now and 2027 – totalling about 3,000.

In the report, which was presented to the county council’s Ryedale Area Committee yesterday, Ms Welbourn stated that in addition to housing growth, rising birth rates mean there would be a bigger demand for primary school places.

She added that the authority uses a “common pupil yield” factor of one primary school child for every four homes.

”Clearly with a 15-year development plan this will not happen in all areas, so this is purely illustrative at this time,” she added.

Assessments are being carried out into whether any of the district’s existing schools could be expanded, however many are sited in small areas.

Developers will be asked to contribute towards paying for both new schools or expanding existing buildings.