Go-ahead for new classrooms at four schools

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Plans to build new classrooms at four village schools as part of a controversial switch to two tier education have been given the go-ahead despite objections.

Suffolk County Council’s development control committee approved the standalone teaching blocks to accommodate extra pupils at primary schools in Ixworth, Rattlesden, Woolpit and Barningham.

However, a decision on proposals for a detached two classroom building at Honington Primary was deferred pending discussions with the authority’s property team and a site inspection.

It follows an objection from Honington and Sapiston Parish Council on design grounds, ‘considering the roof to be particularly inappropriate’.

Parish councils in Ixworth, Rattlesden and Woolpit objected to the developments with concerns including increased traffic. While Barningham Parish Council did not object, they questioned the use of timber cladding on the new building. All applications were previously recommended for approval by the council’s development manager David Palk. No objections were raised by Highways but Ixworth and Woolpit were asked for upto date travel plans. Highways recommended a review of Rattlesden’s travel plan.