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Proposal to Enlarge South Molton Community Primary School

Devon County Council is consulting on plans to enlarge South Molton Community Primary School from 240 places to 315 places from September 2021.


The proposal to increase capacity at the school from 240 school places to 315 places is in response to current and planned housing development in South Molton. 1322 dwellings are proposed in South Molton during the period 2011-2031 as outlined in the adopted North Devon and Torridge Local Plan.

This proposal has been brought forward in close consultation with the town primary schools.

The proposed development seeks to deliver a new four classroom teaching block.

Cost and Planning

Conditional planning permission has been secured for the new teaching block. The estimated cost of the scheme is in the region of £2million.

This proposal to increase places to 315 is part of a proposed phased development to eventual expansion of the school to 420 places. The expansion to 420 places would be subject to the demand for school places, conditional on capital approval and dependent on further consultation and planning consent.

The Process

The Department for Education School Organisation regulations are being followed and Devon County Council, as the decision maker, will carefully consider all you say, which will help us plan further for the future and we will keep you informed throughout the process here on Have Your Say.

Your views will inform any decisions for future provision, taking into account Devon County Council’s statutory responsibility to provide places for all pupils in Devon.

If the decision is made to proceed further with the proposals, then the timetable for the remainder of the process (assuming agreement to each stage) is likely to be:

  • Consultation – 23rd September 2020 to 21st October 2020
  • Brief Notice issued – 4th November to 2nd December 2020 (four-week period for responses)
  • Devon County Council decision – December 2020
  • Implementation – September 2021

Responding to This Consultation

You can respond to the consultation by using the contact information, below. All responses will be placed on public file and will be available for public inspection. Please note that all comments will be properly considered by the decision-makers, but we will not send individual responses to any specific points raised. Consultation responses will be shared with the schools concerned unless you request otherwise.

The website will be updated and all statutory requirements complied with.

Closing date for responses is: 5pm, Wednesday 21st October 2020

Contact information: Address: Strategic Planning Children’s Services, Room 120, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD
Phone: 01392383000