Four schools given go-ahead to expand despite traffic and parking concerns

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Plans for new classroom buildings to accommodate extra pupils at four schools have been given the go-ahead despite concerns surrounding increased traffic.

Suffolk County Council approved the proposals at Sebert Wood Primary, in Bury, Stowupland High, Great Whelnetham Primary and All Saints’ Primary, in Lawshall.

The schools are due to take on additional pupils in the county-wide move to two- tier schooling. However, concerns were raised about traffic, parking and road safety issues.

Sebert Wood will get a single storey standalone block of four classrooms as its total roll increases from 300 to 420.

The authority received 10 objections with one noting that parents driving pupils to and from school ‘generates too much traffic and results in an unacceptable impact upon the local residential area’.

In a report, John Pitchford, head of planning for the council, said mitigation measures include a ‘comprehensive suite of highways improvements’ such as extra cycle shelters, a traffic regulation order and a park and stride from Heldhaw Road car park. A travel plan would include parents signing up to reduce car dependency.

Stowupland High School, which will have 160 additional pupils on-site when the school is at capacity, will have a two storey standalone classroom block with six classrooms.

Stowupland Parish Council raised concerns about a lack of extra parking. Others noted ‘inconsiderate parking and erosion of Thorney Green’.

Mr Pitchford said 11 new parking places would be provided and felt the parking arrangements to be ‘satisfactory’.

He said: “The problems highlighted by the parish council relate to a minority of parents who choose to park with their wheels onto the green.”

Great Whelnetham Primary will have a single storey detached building with two classroomsas its roll goes from 100 to 140.

An objection raised concern about road safety and a ‘perceived shortage of parking’. Little and Great Whelnetham Parish Council also suggested extra parking.

There would be three extra spaces and Mr Pitchford said there would be a travel plan plus off site mitigation measures.

All Saints Primary is to get a single storey detached building with two classrooms.

Four objections highlighted parking issues, traffic congestion and road safety. Mr Pitchford said there would be a travel plan and other mitigation measures.