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New building planned for the Deepings School

A three-storey school building has been proposed for the Deepings School.

The Art, Design and Technology Block will cater for 260 children aged 11 and 16 and will replace an existing block on the same site.

The proposed building at Deepings School. (8143586)
The proposed building at Deepings School. (8143586)

The planning application said the 10,000m2 building in Park Road, Deeping St James, would be completed in September 2020.

“This scheme proposes to construct a permanent offsite replacement block on land currently used for existing hard social areas and accessed from the existing school territory.”

“This proposal affords numerous social and economic benefits; a recognised educational need is enhanced, and a high quality learning environment is provided for local children.”

The Deepings School teaches around 1,500 pupils, aged 11-18,from the Deepings and surrounding villages. But the scheme will not lead to extra places and the school proposes no increase in them.

The application continued:”Primarily, the building is three storeys because a two-storey building footprint was excessive for the site and did not provide enough external social spaces. Furthermore, the proposed three-storey building complements the existing school buildings better and provides more continuity throughout the school site.”

The ‘high-quality, contemporary’ building will have a flat roof and will feature yellow and blue cladding panels to reflect the school’s corporate colours.

It would also provide a wider social benefit through extra learning opprtunities, such as extra-curricular clubs, adult education/ family learning classes and training courses.

The application concluded: “The proposed scheme is for an exceptional, contemporary building, the development of which will be socially and economically beneficial to the surrounding area. The scheme will also create and provide a valuable physical resource that could foster a vibrant local community with a strong relationship with the school.

It added: “The new building will also make a positive contribution , adding to the Deepings School’s distinct character and unique identity. It will reflect the high quality of teaching provided at the school and enhance educational opportunities for local children by creating a stimulating, inspirational learning environment that is also secure, sustainable and accessible.”

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