Residents invited to have their say about plans for new school

2 November 2017

Wirksworth residents are being invited to have their say on plans for a new school in the town.

Housing developments in the town are set to create an additional 771 homes there over the next 15 years.

To ensure that there are enough school places available to accommodate a predicted increase of 154 primary school age children living in the town, two proposals have been put forward.

The first proposal is to replace the town's existing two infant schools and junior school with a single primary school.

The second is to retain the existing schools and create a new primary school which will serve the planned housing developments at the former Middle Peak Quarry site and at land off Middleton Road/Cromford Road.

Our Cabinet has considered the proposals and approved a public consultation which will begin today (Thursday 2 November 2017).

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

"Consultation is a vital part of the decision-making process for the council and helps to ensure that the decisions we make are right for our communities.

"Wirksworth is preparing for a significant increase in housing development. It is essential that the local infrastructure and services, including schools, are able to meet the demands of a growing population.

"The town council's work on the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan has been instrumental in bringing these proposals to this point. I'd now urge local people to take up the opportunity of this consultation process and make their views clear."

Residents will be asked if the existing infant and junior schools should be replaced with one primary school for the town or whether the current schools should stay and a new primary school be built just to serve the planned housing developments.

They will also be asked to give their view on the proposed location of the school.

Three potential sites have been suggested − one on Cromford Road, Wirksworth and two on different parts of the former Middle Peak Quarry site.

Residents can find more detail about the proposals.

You can make you views known until Sunday 17 December 2017:

Late submissions cannot be accepted.