A closed school will be leased as a nursery and outdoor learning centre for £24,000 a year.

Milton Keynes Council has agreed a change of use application by Acorn Early Years Foundation for Emberton School in Olney.

Plans detail the ‘conversion (of Emberton School) to hybrid use for a school and nursery (total capacity 37 places) and construction of a new 21-space car park, with access from the High Street’.

A new footpath is also mentioned.

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The village school closed in 2020 due to “insufficient numbers of children attending”.

The Village Schools Federation (VSF) want to lease the building as a nursery, outdoor kindergarten and outdoor learning centre for £24,000 a year.

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There are around 57 children on the waiting list for places at the nursery.

It could open in January 2022, providing around 16 new jobs.