New Priors Hall school approved

The Priors Hall Park development
The Priors Hall Park development
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Plans for a new primary school, nursery and community centre on the growing Priors Hall Park development have been approved.

Corby councillors approved planning permission for the school which will cater for 420 children from four to 11.

There will also be a much-needed community centre for residents, a car park, drop-off point and outdoor areas for play and teaching.

The school, expected to be operated by the Woodnewton Trust, will have an orchard and a nature garden.

At the meeting Bill Ormond of Priors Hall Park Neighbourhood Association said: “There are residents who are counting on the school opening in September 2015.

“Here we have a plan which offers good car parking facilities, the internal layout offers classrooms of a good size and the community space is generous.

“The exterior of the building fits in with the area and the landscaping is looking good.

“This is a special building and it will look special.

“Care and concern has been taken over the plans and we are grateful for that. My fellow residents are looking forward to this building enhancing the area.”

The school, nursery and community centre will provide much-needed facilities for Priors Hall Park where house-building continues to boom.

Approval was recently given to Taylor Wimpey for 130 homes, Barratt Homes for 96 properties, David Wilson Homes for 34 houses and Francis Jackson Homes for 16 properties.

In addition, Barratt has just won planning approval for 115 homes at the southern point of the Priors Hall site.

Plans for the school initially included 31 parking spaces for the school and nursery and 35 for the community centre.

Following concerns about the provision, the total number of parking spaces has been increased to 81, with a further 10 for the disabled.

Cllr Chris Stanbra, leader of Corby Council’s Liberal Democrats, said: “This school is long overdue.

“The community desperately needs these facilities.”

Council deputy leader Cllr Jean Addison said: “I am not confident the community will have use of the facilities during the day.”

Other councillors also expressed concerns that the school and community centre will share the same building but they were given assurances that the building has been designed to ensure both can operate independently.