THE public are being asked for their views on plans to build a new primary school in Basingstoke.

Hampshire County Council has launched a consultation on plans to build a new two-form entry primary school, with 420 places, on land at the new Hounsome Fields housing development.

The consultation runs until October 24 after which a planning application will be submitted in November.

The county council plans to open the new primary school in September 2025, admitting up to 30 children in Year R.

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It will be located on land within the 750-home Hounsome Fields development on the A30 Winchester Road, opposite the golf course development where 1,000 homes are being built.

The primary school would grow over time to 60 pupils per year group, to a total of 420 pupils across the whole school once full.

The school would provide places for eight pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Hampshire County Council said the new school will cater for the “expected pupil demand from the new housing being built at Hounsome Fields and the golf course site”.

Once finished, around 1,700 new homes will be built at the two sites on Winchester Road which are both currently under construction.

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Referring to the impact on traffic caused by a new school, the county council said: “The county council appreciates that local residents will be concerned about potential traffic implications due to the new school at Hounsome Fields.

“By planning to create school places on an accessible site, as close as possible to where children live, we create the best chance for those children to travel to school in an active, sustainable way, using means of travel other than the car.”

To take part in the consultation click here