New permanent classroom at Spalding's Wygate Foundation Nursery School get go-ahead despite concerns over parking
A Spalding nursery is looking forward to having a new permanent classroom despite opposition from people living nearby.
Wygate Foundation Nursery School, off Woolram Wygate, Spalding, has received planning permission to replace two temporary classrooms with a permanent one measuring 243sq.m (2,615sq.ft).
Lincolnshire County Council's (LCC) planning and regulation committee approved the plans during a meeting on Monday, in spite of residents' concerns about "staff and parents parking inconsiderately" in Bramble Grange, Woolram Wygate and Wygate Meadows.
A report for the committee outlining residents' objections said: "There is a concern that by making the nursery permanent, it will encourage more parking issues as nursery-aged children are unlikely to be cycling to school.
"There have been continuous issues with staff and parents parking inconsiderately within the local area.
"This has involved the police being called due to residents having their drives blocked by cars.
"The highways issues mean that emergency vehicles, delivery vans and tradesmen are not always able to park outside the correct house."
Residents' concerns were put to the planning and regulation committee at Monday's meeting by Spalding district and county councillor Angela Newton.
Speaking to the Lincolnshire Free Press before the meeting, Coun Newton said: "Most of the residents In Wygate Meadows, Bramble Grange and Woolram Wygate, near the school, are totally opposed to the proposals and several of them have written to LCC.
"I have spent many hours listening to residents and, following initial observations of my own, I put forward the issue of on-site parking to the planning officers.
"Residents around the nursery have told me that 15 or cars belonging to staff and parents are parked daily outside their houses, often partially over their driveways."
But the report concluded that the plans should go ahead as "on balance, the benefits and positive impacts afforded by this development outweigh any negative impacts."