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Telford primary school expansion plan revealed

By Lisa O'Brien | Dawley | Education | Published:

Expansion plans have been unveiled for a school in order to cope with a growing town.

Ladygrove Primary School in Dawley, Telford, could get an extension to provide extra teaching space and other facilities.

A planning application has been lodged with Telford & Wrekin Council stating the expansion is needed as new homes are being built within the school's catchment area.

The extension at the school, in Old Office Road, would provide three additional classrooms and a hall.

Two existing classrooms and the nursery would also relocate and a new entrance will be created.

A report, submitted with the plans, says: "The proposed extension has been designed to meet the schools increased requirements, provide an open and inclusive learning space, which is also sympathetic to the local residents.

"The proposed site is currently part of Ladygrove Primary School. This application is being applied for to provide additional teaching spaces to cater for the increased residential properties being constructed within the schools catchment area.

"The new extension along with the existing Ladygrove Primary School will serve the expanding Dawley catchment area."

The new main entrance would be situated opposite the pedestrian access to the site.

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The plans say: "The entrance area will link to the existing school via the existing hall which will provide access to all the existing classrooms and create an integrated learning environment for the entire school.

"The nursery will have its own separate entrance and will have access to a shared area with the reception classes which will form the early year’s provision for the school. This will provide an integrated learning environment for the younger pupils.

"The positioning of the extension and proposed new entrance enhances the schools function and enables the increased number of children to learn and play in a social and safe way without the feeling of separation and management issues of the other considered locations.

"The loss of grassed area has been reduced to the minimum and is in an area of un-useable amenity grassland and therefore there is no effect on the formal pitch provisions thereby not reducing any formal or informal space for use by the children of the school."

Four extra parking spaces would also be created.

Telford & Wrekin Council is due to make a decision on the plans in the upcoming months.

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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