Bury approves new Millwood school

Michael Hunt

Plans to relocate Millwood school from Bury to Radcliffe have been approved by Bury Council's planning committee.

The school will be built in Radcliffe as part of a £70m investment in local primary schools. It is a project the council's primary strategy for change scheme regards as a priority. The school's current home in Fletcher Fold Road in Bury was considered being too small to accommodate the needs of a new school.

The new £10m Millwood school will be on the Radcliffe Riverside High School west campus, formerly known as Radcliffe High School. The single storey building would have a main hub and separate areas for children with different educational needs, including fourteen classrooms, a hydrotherapy room, staff and training areas, and a library.

The Abden Street site was chosen from a list of eight alternatives across the borough as being the most suitable.

The school will be built on one quarter of the Riverside west site, while the rest of the land will be sold for development, along with Millwood's current site.

Work on building the new Millwood school is expected to start within months with a target of opening next year, by which time all Riverside pupils would be based at the Spring Lane campus, formerly Coney Green High.

Cllr Diana Ashworth, executive member for children and young people at Bury Council, said: "I am delighted that the planning committee have approved the proposals, and it means we can now get down to the details of building the school.

"The Radcliffe site will be a superb location for the new Millwood, which will better meet the needs of the children with special needs. It will also help to regenerate Radcliffe."

The planning committee approved the proposals on Tuesday.

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