Plans for new school hall at Wilby Primary School to be considered tonight

Plans submitted by the school will be discussed by Wellingborough Council tonight
Plans submitted by the school will be discussed by Wellingborough Council tonight

Plans to demolish a house to allow for a new school hall to be built will be discussed by councillors tonight (Wednesday).

Wilby Primary School has applied for permission to knock down a house in Mears Ashby Road so a new school hall can be built there.

It is also applying to change the use of the site from domestic dwelling to education use and to create a new single storey flat roof extension to the existing school building.

A report submitted to Wellingborough Council as part of the plans states: “Planning permission is being sought to extend the school site towards Mears Ashby Road.

“The extended school site involves the acquisition of a residential property and it’s ultimate demolition, hence the change of use from residential to non-residential educational institution.

“Upon the residential plot is proposed a new school hall and playground.

“The proposal also entails an extension to the existing school building to provide a waiting lobby, entrance way and cloakroom.

“Firmly stated on the application is that the extension works are required to bring the school up to modern-day educational standards and that this will not result in any increase in pupil or staff numbers.”

However, the plans have divided opinion.

A number of people living nearby have raised objections to the plans, with reasons including traffic and highway safety, a new school is required, noise and smoking from private hire of new hall and devaluation of private homes.

But there has also been support for the plans, with reasons including modernisation and expansion is required, traffic or parking issues will not increase, it will be a community asset and secures the future of the school.

The plans, which have been recommended for approval, will be considered by the council’s planning committee tonight.

The meeting starts at 7pm in the council chamber at Swanspool House, Wellingborough.