PLANS for a new primary school in Hambleton's largest housing estate are to be discussed at a planing committee this week.

The academy school is being proposed to cater to demand for places at Sowerby Gateway housing estate, and has previously been given outline planning permission by Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

Hambleton District Council planning committee will discuss the application on Thursday, July 25.

The site lies to the south east of Topcliffe Road within the land granted outline planning permission in 2012 for a mixed use scheme comprising housing, employment neighbourhood centre and recreation uses.

The proposed development is to provide a single form entry primary school. The applicant intends that students at the temporary school will transfer to the new permanent primary school from September 2020 together with a new intake of the youngest students.

The school number are then planned to enlarge year by year to 2025.

On site drop-off spaces are provided for four vehicles and a further two accessible parking bays are provided close to the entrance path. 21 staff parking spaces are provided.

On-street parking on the adjoining approved access roads is shown to provide space for 22 medium sized vehicles. No on site coach parking is provided.

The nursery and reception class is to be at the northern end of the school with its own separate access and soft landscaped are including an area with tree planting to form the informal plan and forest school.

Sowerby Parish Council commented: "The council does not consider a long flat roof acceptable to the environment of the new Sowerby gateway development. Members request that that more vision needs to be given to the design of the school."

The school is proposed to have a single form entry and is planned to reach capacity of 210 places over a six year period. Additionally a nursery is proposed to occupy part of the site.