Revised plans submitted for Wing Primary School on Marleigh development in Cambridge
Plans have been resubmitted for a primary school and nursery for Cambridge.
Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to build a primary school with 420 places, and a nursery with 52 places to serve a 12,000-home urban quarter in the east of Cambridge.
Outline planning permission was granted for the Wing Primary School as part of the 1,300-home Marleigh development from Hill and Marshall - formerly called Wing - north of Newmarket Road. It is due to operated by The Anglian Learning Trust.
The school will front onto the new market square proposed as part of the same development. The school grounds will include playing fields, a multi-use sports pitch and allotments and a pond.
But the Cambridge joint development committee voted 12-1 to reject the county council’s proposal in September.
The main reasons for refusal were based on the safety of the layout, with concerns raised over a possible clash between people, cyclists and cars around the entrance, and fears the building design might cause overheating.
Councillors from Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire concluded the council’s design was “not fit for purpose”.
The county council has now submitted revised plans to address the issues raised in the hope the much-needed school will be granted planning approval.
Without the school the council forecasts a shortage of school places.
A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “The county council has a duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places available to meet demand from families who want their children educated in a state-funded school. It is committed to providing good quality schools and learning outcomes for all children across Cambridgeshire.
“The new Wing Primary School is needed to meet the demand for places from families expected to move into the new housing development and the immediate surrounding area.
“There have been various changes made to the application to address the original planning reasons for refusal, including access management – addressing external gates, pedestrian access, signage and how this will be supervised.
“As well as changes to transport and sustainability – a pedestrian crossing, cycle and pedestrian access, cycle shelters and how we are exceeding standards in sustainability.”
No date has yet been set for the planning committee to decide the application.
More by this authorBen Hatton, Local Democracy Reporter