Tha situation at April 2014 is that Teignbridge District Council want to build a through school on the south side of the A379. This would include primary provision for all of the proposed 2500 new houses in SW Exeter. Based on 0.25 pupils per new house, this would amount to over 600 pupils.
AVF thinks that there should be a primary school on the north side of the A379 adjacent to the Exeter boundary(as originally proposed in the SW Exeter masterplan), to serve all new housing on the north side of the A379. AVF believes that the walking route to the through school across the busy A379 is not suitable for primary pupils.
We are supported in this belief by Exeter City Council who will be writing shortly to TDC on the matter.
TDC have put forward an argument for an all-through school – better quality of education, better use of resources etc.
Two toucan crossings will be provided on A379 in addition to bridge.
TDC say that a reasoned argument will be required to justify any primary school on the north side of the A379. A meeting will be held in ECC on 29th April to discuss such an argument, and a letter will be sent to TDC following discussion in the planning member working group.
ECC encourage people in Alphington to write in support of the ECC stance.
TDC have commissioned a study of a safe walking route to the through school.
One argument from DCC is that extra capacity at Bowhill and Exwick Heights PS will free up spaces at Alphington primary school although of course this would take time.
DCC say that developers have to provide safe walking route along Chudleigh Road, but Westcountry land are not doing this, saying that it is DCC responsibility.