MULTI-MILLION pound funding for a new school in Maldon has been given the green light.

County Hall bosses today approved more than £20million to build two new primary schools.

One will be built in Basildon and the other at the Limebrook Way housing development in Maldon.

The funding will also see an additional early years and childcare provision at the site, providing 56 spaces for youngsters.

The new school is expected to open from September 2024.

About 1,800 homes are planned for the Limebrook Way housing development, pushing up demand for school places in the town.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: "This new school will ensure even more children in Maldon get their preferred school place.

"It will also negate the need for families to travel out of area for school, which in turn reduces the number of cars on the roads, reduces congestion and improves air quality."

County Hall education boss Tony Ball said: “Every child in the county deserves the same opportunities - this includes having access to high-quality education.

“This school will give children in Maldon a world of opportunity and I look forward to seeing the builds progress.”

Economic renewal boss Lesley Wagland added: “I am delighted that we now have the green light to bring to life our plans for a new primary school in Maldon.

“With increased housing across the country, including Maldon, infrastructure must be improved to allow for population growth.

"This includes ensuring all children in Essex have access to local, modern and high-quality learning environments, which is what these new sites will provide."

A consultation on the proposed new school was carried out earlier this year with residents and organisations having their say on the proposals.

Work will now commence to select academy sponsors.

The cash for the schools is coming from housing developers and the county council.