PLANS for a brand new school building set to cater for 700 pupils have been lodged with Torridge District Council.

Route 39, North Devon’s first free school which opened in September last year, has submitted the plans for land at Steart Farm Touring Park at Bucks Cross.

The land lies adjacent to the A39 and the school site will comprise of a main hall, sports hall and ‘learning villages’ catering for 125 pupils each.

Since opening in September, the school has been temporarily using refurbished classrooms at the former Clovelly Primary School.

If passed, the school will be built on what is currently a Steart Farm Touring Park, and will cover a 5,950 sq m area with parking and landscaping.

A decision on the application is due in May.