Kingshurst primary expansion recommended by planners - The Solihull Observer

Kingshurst primary expansion recommended by planners

Solihull Editorial 24th Oct, 2019   0

A SOLIHULL school’s plans for additional classrooms and a new nursery look set to be approved by councillors under expansion plans.

Kingshurst Primary, on School Close, could grow to accommodate more pupils with the three extra classrooms and playgroup.

The expansion would help Solihull reach its target of an additional 2,400 primary school places in the North Solihull Primary Programme.

The programme aims to replace 15 current junior and infant schools with 10 redeveloped primary schools.

Kingshurst Primary School would add reception level to its intake, with nursery, infant and junior levels starting school on site in September 2020.

Council officers are recommending that councillors approve the plans at a planning committee meeting next Wednesday (October 30).

In an agenda report to Solihull councillors, planning officers said: “The proposed new classroom block is of a modern design, which is aesthetically pleasing and integrates with the existing school buildings. This would enhance the quality and attractiveness of the school setting and provided enhanced learning facilities for children.

The siting and relationship of the proposed classroom block would not have any unreasonable impact on the amenities of the neighbouring properties.”

Responses arguing against the expansion from some neighbours cited worries over more drivers and congestion around the school.

Complainants also suggested the new classrooms could lead to more pupils, causing litter and exhaust fumes to harm residents.

The planned new block would be on the site of the current Caterpillars playgroup building, which it has occupied since 2013.

The nursery would be based in the school’s inclusion centre while construction work is taking place.

When Kingshurst Primary was first built around a decade ago it had 420 places, with classroom extensions following in 2014 and 2017.


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