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Homes scheme prompts school plan

A new primary school could be built near Scarborough if plans for 1,200 new homes are given the go-ahead.

Developers want to build the homes at Middle Deepdale, near Eastfield, and are expected to submit a planning application by the end of the year.

The development is expected to bring an extra 275 primary school children to the area and the developer has agreed to meet some of the cost of a school.

Councillors will be asked to approve a search for a suitable site later.

A report to North Yorkshire County Council's executive said a site should be identified for a new school of up to 480 places.

The report said if a new school was built it was likely that Overdale Primary School would close and its pupils would be moved to the new site.

But officers said they expected the developers to contribute 3m towards the cost of building the school, 1m more than has been offered so far.

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