School expansion plan is thrown out

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EDUCATION bosses are being forced to reconsider how to deal with increased demand for pupil places in Spalding after school expansion plans were turned down.

Lincolnshire County Council had hoped to help alleviate the problem by building more classrooms at Spalding Primary School but its plans were scuppered by its own planning and regulation committee on Tuesday.

Councillors chose to vote against the development, despite it being recommended for approval by planning officers.

Objectors to the scheme on Woolram Wygate included South Holland District Council planners, nearby residents, and ward councillors.

Many believed the scheme would worsen existing problems surrounding inconsiderate parking by parents.

Speaking after the meeting, district councillor and South Holland planning committee chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said: “On the one hand I am pleased that we are not going to add further to the existing problems but the residents in that area are still suffering from inconsiderate parking.

“We are going to see if we can solve that issue for them as well.”

He added: “It’s not a done job.”

The plans had included a single-storey extension with nine classrooms, a new hall, staff room, library, two nursery rooms, kitchen and other ancillary rooms.

The issue was also due to be discussed by South Holland District Council’s planning committee last night, because it had been listed as a consultee to the county council’s application.

Reasons for refusing planning permission included concerns over traffic, parking, design and the impact on residents’ amenity.

Debbie Barnes, the county council’s director of Children’s Services, said: “The application was made by Children’s Services as there has been a growth in population in Spalding and therefore a need for more primary places from September 2013.

“Children’s Services are already looking at possible alternative sites, in light of the decision made by the planning committee and will work with Spalding Primary School to come up with the best alternative solution to accommodate the increased number of children in the area.”