A SHORTLIST of sites have been drawn up to house a new secondary school in Burton to cope with its growing population, the Mail can reveal.
The news comes after Tatenhill Parish Council expressed concerns in a recent newsletter stating Staffordshire County Council had contacted them about secondary school provision.
The council has made a shortlist of six sites on the outskirts of Burton which may have potential for a nine-hectare school housing 1,500 pupils with a sixth form.
These sites are land to the rear of Bitham Lane and Craythorne Road, land north of Beamhill Road, land south of Henhurst Hill, land west of Hopley Road, land north of Henhurst Hill, and Branston Road, Tatenhill.
The authority stresses it has not contacted any landowners to discuss sites.
However, Tatenhill Parish Council remained concerned and wrote in its newsletter: "We will be meeting with the county council as soon as possible to make very strong objections to the proposed site."
In its draft plan, the council report said: "We find that the demand for secondary school places will begin to exceed supply from 2015/16 and that this trend will continue to rise to a deficit by 2030/31.
"The Infrastructure Delivery Plan suggests that (a school) should be located to the west of Burton."
The plan is in reaction to calls for a secondary school after plans to build more than 2,500 homes were recently granted at various sites around Burton.
Ben Adams, the county council's education chief, said: "The site in Tatenhill is just one of a number of possible sites we are looking at; no decisions have been made about any of the sites and everything is still very much up for discussion.
"When final sites are chosen, we will be actively engage with local residents.
"We know that there will be extensive development in Burton over the next few years and we need to support this with additional school places."