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Two sites shortlisted for new primary school in Hove

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The city council said it wanted children to have schools near home

A shortlist of sites for a new school in Brighton and Hove to ease pressure on primary places has been narrowed down from four to two.

The city council said it would explore options for building a new two-form entry school either on a site at Hove Park Depot or Hove Park Upper School.

The council already owns the land, but said it had not yet allocated funding for the £8.5m building costs.

Three existing schools are also to be expanded to take 30 extra pupils each.

Public meetings were held at Westdene, Goldstone and Queen's Park primary schools and parents and governors were given the chance to take part in a consultation exercise on the expansion, to take place in 2011.

Influx of families

At Westdene, 70 out of 78 response were in favour, at Goldstone 34 out of 58 were in favour and at Queen's Park 19 out of 32 were in favour.

The council said last year there had been an unprecedented influx of young families, especially in south central Hove and on the Brighton and Hove border.

"While we have listened to and sympathise with those parents who have concerns, the overall majority of parents support the expansion of local schools," said Di Smith, director of children's services.

"The two shortlisted sites for a new school are the most feasible options open to us at present but both pose their own issues and challenges."

The proposals for the new school and to expand the three existing primaries will be considered by the city council cabinet on Monday.

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