Warning building more homes in Portishead will see school standards drop

PUBLISHED: 06:32 03 March 2017

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Harbour Crescent. Picture: Angus Meek Architects.

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Harbour Crescent. Picture: Angus Meek Architects.

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Portishead is facing an education crisis if new housing projects for the town are given the green light, according to governors of Trinity Primary School.

Artist's impression of a street scene at the new Harbour Edge development in PortisheadArtist's impression of a street scene at the new Harbour Edge development in Portishead

They have urged Portishead Town Council to object to any future planning applications North Somerset Council will decide on because it says there are not enough places to accommodate another influx of students.

They say Trinity cannot take any more pupils without reducing the quality of teaching it offers.

Brian Hunt and Colline Smith, the chairman and vice-chairman of governors, say a stand needs to be taken now against allowing new homes to be built because otherwise it will negatively affect local education standards.

In a letter to the town council, they say there is not enough school places to support 187 homes being built over two phases at Harbour Edge, a further 93 proposed at Serbert Road and possible 20 homes at Old Mill Road.

They said: “Trinity school, along with others in Portishead, has bent over backwards to help accommodate the influx of children which has resulted from the recent intensive housing developments in Portishead, including breaching our published admission number and extending our premises.

“We have no further capacity to do this without compromising the provision offered to the children currently at out school.”

The Harbour Edge development has planning permission for 117 of the 187 homes, but the Serbert Road proposal is yet to be decided by North Somerset Council. Portishead Town Council however voted it was broadly in favour of the development put forward by Prelon Construction Ltd.

Old Mill Road has also been named as a site North Somerset Council would provisionally allow new homes within its housing plan until 2026.

Mr Hunt and Ms Smith say there are not enough school places to support either of the proposed developments.

They said: “(These would create) further demand for school places which cannot be met by the schools in Portishead.

“Many people commentating on the Serbert Road development have voiced concerns over inadequate school places and the fear that children would have to be put in taxis to take them to schools outside of Portishead – a totally unacceptable of affairs.”


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