Ebbsfleet Garden City is to get its first primary school after permission was given tonight (Wednesday March 16) for a 420-pupil building.

The school – and a new community centre – will be built in Castle Hill, and will also provide 26 nursery places as well as 15 for special needs pupils.

The building will open out onto a new village square and the school will have green credentials with a wild flower and grassed roof.

The application, from Land Securities, also includes play areas, sports pitches and a village square.

The school would be run by Leigh Academies Trust, which currently has six secondary, six primary and one special needs school, with 9,000 pupils in total.

It would be called Cherry Orchard Primary and has a planned opening date of September 2017. The school would become a special centre for children with speech, communication and language needs.

Chairman of the Ebbsfleet planning committee, David Lock, said: “I’m delighted the very first primary school for this part of the Garden City area has been approved.

“Not only will the school and community centre be the focus of a new neighbourhood in Castle Hill but it will also provide much needed school spaces for the area.”

Paul Spooner, Interim Chief Executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, added: “Development in the Garden City is now moving forward at pace. Working with landowners, developers and utility companies we are accelerating the delivery of infrastructure and new housing.

“There are already 387 homes built with another two developers on site preparing to build 400 homes.”

To see the application go to http://www.ebbsfleet.org.uk/planning/planning-committee/16-march-2016-2/