Surrey parents are claiming victory after Surrey City Council voted last night to put a South Newton development on hold.
Cindy Dalglish, a Member of the South Newton Community Group, says almost 300 new homes near Highway 10 and 152nd street in an already jam packed neighbourhood would have put undue pressure on local schools.
“I’m happy with the result of last night, I mean obviously we would be thrilled if they rejected it outright because we don’t feel that that is the right project for that space.”
Surrey city councillor Judy Villeneuve says the project is going back to city staff.
“To work with the school district and the province to see how that project could be phased along with schools coming into the area.”
Villeneuve says the neighbourhood will see more densification, but not without needed infrastructure.
In April The Surrey School Board asked the City of Surrey to “temporarily suspend all new development approvals in the Clayton, Grandview/South Surrey and Newton regions until the Surrey School District receives adequate provincial funding to support the growing numbers of students moving into these regions.”
In May, Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Mike Bernier announced 2,700 new public school spaces in Surrey.
Advocates say the funding isn’t enough to get all students out of nearly 300 portables.