New Wisbech school plans move on

Planning news.
Planning news.

Plans to build a new secondary school in Wisbech have moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Cambridgeshire County Council is considering buying the former horticultural college site owned by the College of West Anglia.

On Tuesday last week members of the county’s children and young people’s committee supported recommendations to buy the land along with looking for a site suitable for another secondary school in March.

The final decision on the plans will be made by the general purposes committee later this year.

Wisbech South councillor Samantha Hoy pointed out to the meeting that Meadowgate Lane is narrow.

She called on members to look at other sites in the town as well as this one.

Cllr Hoy, who also sits n Wisbech Town Council, said: “They did go ahead with the proposal, which was disappointing, but said they would be keeping an eye out for other potential sites.”

High birth rates, along with plans to build 11,000 homes new homes in Fenland, will place a greater demand on the area’s four secondary schools. A report to the meeting stated the greatest demand for school places is in Wisbech.