Permission granted for sixth form block at Stowupland High School
Stowupland High School is set to have a standalone sixth form block after planners judged there to be sufficient demand to grant permission.
The Church Road secondary will see its intake rise from 185 to 210 and the number of post-16 students taking A levels rise from 185 to 200.
The sixth form block will have four classrooms, a media suite, a performing arts studio, a kitchen and a common room - and, most importantly, it will open up space for the rest of the school.
Despite concerns over traffic impact on Stowupland, Suffolk County Council’s development and regulation committee unanimously approved plans earlier this week.
Karen Grimes, chief executive of the school's managing John Milton Academy Trust, welcomed the news.
She said: "We fully acknowledge the concerns of residents and we are confident we have built safeguards into our plans. Nevertheless, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully. This opens up an exciting chapter for post-16 learners and the local community."
Stowupland Parish Council had objected to the proposals, because of concerns surrounding traffic volumes and parking provision.
Councillor Sally Reeves, parish council chairman, said: “Despite the benefits to students, the parish council has to continue to object because not enough consideration has been given to traffic.”
There is also set to be a new coach parking area, a new cycle and footpath link and 57-space car park.
It is expected to create an additional 12 full-time jobs.
A timeline for when work will begin has not yet been laid out.
More by this authorJason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter