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Primary school extension in Nunthorpe approved

Primary school extension approved but plans are put 'on hold'

A proposal to extend a primary school in Nunthorpe has been approved by councillors but put ‘on hold’ for a further review.

Middlesbrough Council’s planning and development committee gave the go-ahead for a single storey extension to the west of the current Chandler’s Ridge Primary School and alterations to the existing car park. Following the decision however, a spokesman for the Vision Academy Learning Trust, which runs the school, said the development would not go ahead this year.

A report to the committee explained a grant had been offered to the Vision Academy Learning Trust to carry out remodelling and expansion works at the school. In 2021, the school was one of three primaries in Nunthorpe to share a £750,000 pot to build extra classrooms and improve facilities, using section 106 contributions from developers of the Grey Towers housing scheme in Nunthorpe to improve community facilities and ensure there are sufficient school places in the area,

The proposal came before the committee in January with a recommendation for approval from officers. The decision was deferred requesting the school explored further parking provision within the school grounds.

This followed concerns from nearby residents that staff parking at the site would fall from 29 to 22 spaces. Some said there were daily problems at pick-up and drop-off times in what is predominantly a residential area and suggested staff parking outside the school would exacerbate the issue.

Parking arrangements were subsequently reviewed by the school and the proposed provision of car park spaces was increased to 30. The plans were subsequently passed by the committee with conditions, including the production of a detailed travel plan before development begins.

The report said it is recognised that parking in and around schools “can often be problematic, particularly for residents living in close proximity.” It added: “Issues such as illegal parking and anti-social parking however are not issues that can be dealt with under planning legislation and are issues for traffic wardens and the police instead, should obstruction or dangerous driving occur.”

The spokesman for the Vision Academy Learning Trust, said the extension, which would create two new classrooms, would not be going ahead this year. The plans were “under review”, he added.

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