HOUSE builders could have to pay to extend Huddersfield schools.
Kirklees Council is consulting on proposals that could require developers building large numbers of new houses having to contribute towards the cost of new school places if they are needed as a result of their developments.
Negotiating with developers for a contribution would be triggered for developments of 25 houses or more, but would only come into play if there were not already enough places in local schools in the area concerned.
Clr John Smithson, Cabinet member for education, said: "A recent paper issued by the Department for Education Skills sums up the Government's requirement of local authorities. "It says: `We expect authorities to obtain significant contributions towards new schools from private developers where new housing increases the demand for school places.'
"The Council's Cabinet has agreed in principle to follow that Government guidance as an interim measure pending putting the issue out for public consultation."
Clr Smithson said the council's policy was to provide places in the local schools in the areas where people live, as far as possible.
However, large new housing developments could result in there not being enough places.
"That means families moving in to new houses can find themselves not being able to send their children to their local school because it is full.
Copies of the proposed new policy can be obtained from Bob Edinburgh in Planning Services on 01484 221620 or Claire Allman in Education Service on 01484 414788.
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