New state-of-the-art primary school in Lincoln will reduce pressure for places
Detailed plans have been revealed for a new multi-million pound primary school in Lincoln.
A planning proposal has been submitted by Lincolnshire County Council to build the school at the old Lincoln City Football Club training ground. The site is close to homes in Wolsey Way and Carlton Boulevard.
As well as classrooms, the single-storey school will contain a main hall, office space, IT suites and activity studio, which will be open to the community for fitness training, dance and yoga classes.
It will have a play area, a floodlit multi-use games area, two five-a-side football pitches, four junior football pitches and a 100 metre running track.
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The plans also call for the nursery and changing room on the site to be retained.
A garage and store will be demolished to help make way for 44 car parking spaces and four disabled bays.
It is hoped that the school will relieve growing pressure for primary school places.
A report from Richard Wills, executive director for communities at the county council, said: "The site lies adjacent to a flats development and, on the opposite side of Carlton Boulevard, is an extensive residential development.''
Four representations have been made to the county council from local residents raising concerns about how the new school will impact on road safety and parking problems along Carlton Boulevard.
Labour county councillor for Lincoln East, Robin Renshaw, has also raised concerns about access, car parking and safety. But in the report, Mr Wills adds: "The vehicular access is proposed off Reed Drive. Councillor Renshaw has queried the suitability of this road on the grounds that two vehicles cannot pass.
"Reed Drive is considered to be an acceptable route to the site entrance and is sufficiently wide to accommodate two cars passing each other.
"The highways officer is satisfied that the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on highway safety or the local highway network, despite concerns raised locally, subject to the implementation of the travel plan and ensuring that the vehicle entrance and car parking area are accessible at all times the site is in use."
Lincolnshire County Council is set to decide whether to grant planning permission for the new school on February 4.
If approved, it will run as an academy and welcome its first class in September 2013.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services, said: "This will bring an excellent new addition to education provision in Lincoln. As well as a brand new, state-of-the-art school, proposals ensure the community can also enjoy the facilities.
"The council is committed to providing enough places for the growing number of children coming into primary schools.''