Planning officers split over Spalding school expansion

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CONCERNS over the proposed expansion of Spalding Primary School will be put to two Lincolnshire councils this week.

However, planning officers at the county council and South Holland district council have both come to different conclusions over the plans, which would see the number of pupils on roll go from 420 to 630.

Councillors on Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee, who will have the deciding vote on the scheme, will consider a recommendation to give approval at a meeting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, South Holland district councillors will have their say as a consultee on the proposals the following day – with planners recommending an objection to lodged to the plans.

The council officer’s objection says the application contains “insufficient” information to show that existing traffic problems will not be made worse by the plans.

It continues: “As a direct consequence nearby dwellings will suffer increased levels of detriment to their residential amenity as a result of noise and difficulty accessing private drives caused by vehicles parking and manoeuvring.

“The development will also further reduce the free flow of traffic along Woolram Wygate.”

The district council report also describes the application as “premature” pending the final agreement of the location of the proposed new playing field for the school. Details of this are expected to revealed in a separate planning application.

County councillors will be made aware of the report being considered by the district and it will be up to them to decide how to take the matter forward.

The expansion scheme includes nine new classrooms, two nursery rooms, staff room, library, school hall, and other ancillary rooms.

The county council’s planning officers say it would “provide the necessary improved facilities to accommodate the additional pupil numbers predicted for the area through phased intake”. They also say it would increase the “community use potential” on the site.

Officers say the school’s travel plan suggests how to address a number of highways and traffic concerns which have been raised by nearby residents.