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March, 2019

A new school is being planned for Ladies Mile in Queenstown, as a
housing development boom puts pressure on school rolls.
In its submission on the controversial Laurel Hills special housing area
proposal, the Ministry of Education confirmed it would look for land
along Ladies' Mile for a new primary school.
That will be in addition to another new primary school confirmed by the
ministry in 2017.
It comes as Shotover Primary School's roll capacity is set to increase to
900, making it one of the biggest primary schools in the country.
Laurel Hills is expected to include 156 new houses, which the ministry
anticipated would accommodate 45 to 50 children.
It was also aware of other planned development within the school's
catchment, according to the submission.
'The cumulative effects of this increase and other growth in the area on
Shotover Primary School is of concern for the ministry.'
It would now, in conjunction with the Queenstown Lakes District
Council, 'develop a clear plan to facilitate the acquisition of land for a
future primary school in the Ladies Mile area'.
Ministry deputy secretary, sector enablement and support, Katrina
Casey yesterday declined to discuss details of the new school, saying it
was still in development.
'We work closely with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to identify
future growth areas and potential developments to help inform our
'We have also previously engaged with the local community and
continue to work with schools in the area to ensure that our planning
reflects the community's needs.'

Source: Otago Daily Times


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