Plans for a new primary school in South Molton have been submitted to North Devon Council.If approved, the new school and nursery at Exeter Gate would replace the outdated junior school in North Street and could be open in time for the start of the new school year next September, according to architects. It would initially accommodate 240 pupils, including 30 nursery-aged children, but would expand to 420 places to cope with the extra housing planned for the town. The current junior school, which has 179 pupils on its roll, would remain open during the construction period. A design and access statement submitted by Grainge Architects on behalf of BAM Construction Ltd, said the current junior school was severely constrained with no soft play and an inadequate area of hard play. It added: To effectively address the needs of the local community and in anticipation of new housing developments to the north and the south of the town, the education strategy proposes to relocate the school to a new site to the south The new school will provide a high quality, modern learning environment which will be an asset to the town. The design will ensure it is highly energy efficient, flexible, robust and easily maintained, resulting in a significant reduction in the operational costs associated with running the school. The initial building would feature seven classrooms and a nursery, as well as a main hall, library, playground and playing field and parking for 20 staff. Access would be from the B3226 in South Street. The proposed school would be built by the Governments national Education Funding Agency and paid for under the Priority Schools Building Programme. Devon County Council approved £750,000 funding to purchase the land for the school in November last year.At the time, the county councils member for schools, James McInnes, said the move would future proof education in South Molton.