New school an estate spin-off

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Eastwood is set to gain a new Newton Mearns primary school following a key agreement over spin-off benefits from a £150million estate.

Maidenhill Primary, which is planned to open in 2019, will sit at the heart of the 834-home Maidenhill development and will be delivered by East Renfrewshire Council.

Assuming this element is approved there will be a primary school with 444 places, and a 120-place nursery.

Developers Cala Homes and Taylor Wimpey say benefits of the scheme will include multiple pockets of land to be used for affordable housing.

Also planned for the estate are a multi-use games area and 3G pitch at the new school, to be available for community use.

The developers also claim “generous” public space will be available, featuring “pocket parks” and a green corridor - equivalent to around 19 football pitches.

The promised spin-off includes contributions to community halls, sports grounds, sports halls and centres, libraries and community health and care provision.