New school to create 60 jobs

Land in Butland Road, opposite Lakelands Hospice in Corby
Land in Butland Road, opposite Lakelands Hospice in Corby

Sixty jobs are to be created by the opening of a new primary school.

Plans have been submitted for the new school on the Oakley Vale estate in Corby, which will cater for about 420 pupils.

And the development is expected to create 18 full-time and 42 part-time jobs.

Oakley Vale’s first primary school was completed in 2008 and the second school is being commissioned to deal with the increase in school-age population on the development.

The new school will be built on land off Butland Road and will sit about 700 metres south of the existing school.

Project architect Paul Harkin said: “The school is intended to form a central hub of the community, with the expectation that the majority of pupils at the school would live very close by.

“Beyond its role as a primary educational facility, it also incorporates some facilities for the local area, such as the dedicated community room. It will also provide local employment opportunities.

“The location of the proposal next to the new residential development, the bus route that runs directly past the site, and the footpath links offer positive environmental benefits.

“Local residents travelling to and from the school therefore have a choice of modes of transport and are not dependent on car use.”

The plans have been submitted by Northamptonshire County Council, but the authority will not be running the school. Four organisations are bidding to operate it.

A public meeting will take place at the Grampian Club in Patrick Road, Corby, from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, February 29.

A decision will be made by a cabinet sub-committee in late April.