A new school in Richmond is one step closer to reality.

The 3-hectare site in Richmond West which has been earmarked for a new school has been purchased this week by the Ministry of Education.

“We are one step closer to a new school in the area,” says Minister of Education Chris Hipkins.

“This is a huge boost for the local community.”

Minister Hipkins says that the school population in the region is growing.

“Particularly in the west of Richmond. This is an important milestone for families looking to move into the area and those who already live there.”

Around 400 homes are planned to be built in the Meadows, while the entire Richmond West area will contain around 1200 new homes by completion.

“By 2028 an additional 320 primary, 130 intermediate and 390 secondary places are expected to be needed in the Waimea catchment. By 2048 those numbers are expected to more than double,” Minister Hipkins says.

However, Hipkins says it will be some time before the school gets the greenlight to go ahead.

“Community engagement on the future of schooling in Richmond is underway and ends on the 16th of October. It will take time before building begins to ensure that we have had time to consult with the community and get the design right. We will, however, continue to closely monitor the school-age population in the area so we stay ahead of the curve.”

“Having finalised the sale of land, it gives the indication that the ministry is very serious about potentially pursuing the school at the site in Richmond West.”

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