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Sunday, 25 July 2021

Rushcliffe objects to new 420-place Edwalton school plans as ‘harmful to character and appearance’

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Rushcliffe Borough Council has objected to the plans submitted to build a new 420-place primary school in Edwalton.

The council is objecting to the detail in the plans, not to the fact that a school needs to be built to support the new developments in Edwalton. In particular, they suggest that any new facility provides environmental considerations on water use and solar panels for example. And that the community also benefit from any building, for example, a ‘community hall’ room, other rooms available at cost prices, and catering facilities.

Note: Rushcliffe Borough Council is objecting to this Nottinghamshire County Council plan as a consultee – the plans are still expected to appear before the Planning Committee in July.

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The plans, lodged by Nottinghamshire County Council on 15th May, 2019 detail the erection of a two-storey 420-place primary and 39 place nursery school with associated playing fields, car parking, hard surfaced outdoor play area, footpaths and access roads.

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The school would be located at Rose Way in Edwalton.

In its objection to the plans, the council says:

‘The design and appearance of the proposed building fail to take this unique opportunity to create an innovative exemplary public building which will be a key, primary feature of the Edwalton Development.

‘The building would appear as an incongruous addition to the street scene and would be harmful to the character and appearance of Rose Way and the character of the wider residential development as a whole.

‘The proposal is therefore contrary to the Melton Road, Edwalton, Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document, Core Strategy Policy 10 and the National Planning Policy Framework 2019.

‘The proposed development does not meet Rushcliffe Borough Council’s aspirations in terms of a Community Use Facility as no day time facilities are intended to be provided as part of the proposed Community Use Agreement.

‘This is contrary to the needs of the wider community in the absence of an alternative facility within a sustainable, accessible location.

‘The applicant has failed to provide adequate parking provision for parents of the primary school and nursery school children to the detriment of highway safety and the amenity of nearby residential properties. ( There are 38 car spaces in the plan ).

‘The proposal is therefore contrary to Rushcliffe Non-Statutory Local Plan Policy GP2 (b) – Design and Amenity Criteria.’