New primary school and nursery to be built in Aveley

10 June 2022

Planning permission for the construction of a new, government-funded primary school and nursery in Aveley has been approved.

Harrier Primary School, which is due to be built on land adjacent to the A13 and Love Lane in Aveley, was agreed at Planning Committee on Thursday 9 June.

The new school will provide spaces for up to 420 prospective primary students and 52 nursery places. An open date of September 2023 is currently targeted, with a reception class of 30 pupils. The admission of new pupils will then increase year-on-year until the school has filled each year group.

The school will feature an outdoor sports and games area, a drop-off and pick-up point within the school boundaries, and 85 cycle spaces.

Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "It's fantastic to see that planning permission for Harrier Academy has been approved, meaning this Department for Education project can move ahead to the next stage of development.

"The new school will include a number of sustainable benefits such as reducing CO2 emissions from the building by 60% and installing low water taps and toilets throughout.

"This exciting development will allow us to continue to achieve our incredibly high rates of school admissions, as we offer new opportunities for our children to begin their educational journey here in Thurrock, and lay the foundations for their ambitious futures."