Plans for new primary school move forward

Melinda Tilley

Melinda Tilley

First published in News

A NEW primary school on a 1,000-home estate will take pressure off the current village school, it is hoped.

Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for education Melinda Tilley has approved outline applications for those expressing an interest in the school at Longford Park, near Bodicote. It will start the process from September.

The controversial housing development, also known as Bankside, off Oxford Road to the south of Banbury, was approved by Cherwell District Council in 2009 despite concern that it will further erode the “green gap” between villages and the town.

Chairwoman of nearby Bodicote’s parish council planning committee Pat Conway said she hoped the new school would take off some of the pressure off the village school, Bishop Loveday.

It is planned that the primary would open in September 2016 and would teach about 40 children. All new schools have to be either academies or free schools.

She said: “Bishop Loveday is an excellent school and because of that a lot of people from across Banbury want to send their children here.

“There are big problems with traffic now in the village and this could alleviate some of that pressure.”

  • Our top stories:

Randolph Hotel: Hundreds of witnesses watch as iconic venue burns

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

WITNESSES of the fire that gripped the Randolph Hotel for hours yesterday described the moment they watched one of Oxford’s historic landmarks go up in flames.

Randolph Hotel: We won't let the fire destroy our wedding today

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

WEDDING parties, transatlantic tourists and couples celebrating their anniversaries were among the guests evacuated from the five star hotel yesterday afternoon.

Randolph Hotel: Firefighters try to work out what sparked blaze

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 18th April 2015

FIRE crews are trying to establish exactly what caused the huge blaze at Oxford’s Randolph Hotel yesterday.

Sewage flows down the street as drains back up

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Saturday 18th April 2015

SEWAGE overflowing at a block of flats in Barton has sparked anger from residents.

Reward to find cancer victim's missing dog

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Saturday 18th April 2015

A CANCER sufferer has offered a “substantial financial reward” for anyone who can find her missing dog.

And they're off! More than 100 classic cars leave the Mini plant in Cowley for Longbridge Rally

Oxford Mail:

11:09am Saturday 18th April 2015

A CONVOY of more than 100 Minis, Morris Minors and other classic cars left the BMW plant in Cowley this morning to parade through Oxford.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree