Lincolnshire County Council urged to approve Elsea Park primary school plans

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Plans for a new primary school in Bourne look likely to be approved despite fears about parking.

A decision to grant planning permission was delayed in July after Lincolnshire county councillors received a number of objections from people concerned that there would not be enough parking provision around the new school planned for the town’s Elsea Park development.

But after considering new information, the planning and regulation committee will receive a recommendation to approve the plans at its meeting on Monday.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy has been chosen to run the new school and following the deferral, there was doubt as to whether the school would be built in time to open to one form of 30 reception pupils by September 2014.

Tenders for contractors to build the new school cannot be sent out until permission is granted.

The new primary school will eventually accommodate 210 children. It has become necessary after an increase in the number of children requiring a primary school place due to a higher birth rate and the number of families moving into Elsea Park.

It is believed as many as 320 primary school age children will live in the development’s 1,600 houses by the time it is finished.

At its August meeting the planning committee considered the concerns of the Elsea Park Community Trust, which said the provision of a new primary school was welcomed but the number of parking spaces included in the plans was too low.

The trust queried whether any spaces would be available for parents and visitors as all the allocated spaces were for staff and said it feared parents would park in Sandown Drive – the school’s access road.

It is also feared parents and visitors would use the car park at the nearby The Centre @ Elsea Park.

Members delayed a decision so they could consider alternative access and parking arrangements.

But a report to go before the next planning and regulation committee meeting says further information has now been provided by the developer which states: “the proposed primary school follows the approved masterplan for the whole outline development of Elsea Park.

“The masterplan shows the site access off Sandown Drive, and this is classified as a major access road.”

The committee’s report concludes: “It is considered the proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on the amenities of occupants of nearby residential properties could reasonably expect to enjoy, or on highway safety.”