Route 39 plans lodged

The proposed permanent site for the Route 39 Academy at Steart Farm Touring Park near Bucks Cross.

The proposed permanent site for the Route 39 Academy at Steart Farm Touring Park near Bucks Cross. - Credit: Archant

Planning application for permanent site of new secondary school submitted to Torridge District Council.

The proposed permanent site for the Route 39 Academy at Steart Farm Touring Park near Bucks Cross.

The proposed permanent site for the Route 39 Academy at Steart Farm Touring Park near Bucks Cross. - Credit: Archant

THE Route 39 Academy has submitted plans to Torridge District Council for its permanent school site at Steart Farm near Bucks Cross.

The region’s newest free school has purchased the 16 acre site of what is currently Steart Farm Touring Site for camping and caravans.

The proposed new secondary school building would be part set into a slope to give the appearance of a single storey instead of the actual two storey and constructed of brick with wooden cladding.

Its footprint would be 5,950 square metres, almost one-and-a-half acres, and at capacity the building could support 500 students plus another 200 in a sixth form.


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Access would be from the main A39 which runs past the site and the existing entrance would be improved. The school said it envisaged some 80 per cent of pupils would arrive at the school by bus.

Inside, the plans talk of ‘a bright open space in the heart of the school’, with apparent open plan spaces flowing into each other in what is described as a ‘learning village’ system.

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Outside, there would be an external teaching and hard surface play area, with two marked basketball ‘half courts’.

The plans propose 40 parking spaces for staff, five for visitors and two disabled bays.

A soft play area and playing fields are also included in the plans. The nearby grade II listed farmhouse would be retained.

The Route 39 Academy is now up and running at a temporary site in the refurbished former Clovelly school building.

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