Plans for major new extension at Robert Wilkinson School, in Strensall

Plans for major new extension at York school

Plans for major new extension at York school

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A YORK primary school could be in line for a major new extension if plans submitted to the city council get the go-ahead.

Robert Wilkinson School, in Strensall, has applied for planning permission for a four-classroom first-floor extension to accommodate growing numbers of pupils.

The school already relies on temporary buildings to house all its classrooms, and with the villages of Strensall and Towthorpe expected to grow in coming years the school has come up with plans to permanently enlarge its teaching areas.

Architects Constructive Individuals have presented a design and access statement to planning officials at City of York Council, setting out the school’s proposals.

The document says: “Planning consent has been granted for a significant number of new houses within Strensall, and long-term strategy suggests many more will follow.

“The net result is that the school will shortly be oversubscribed. The school has seen a steady increase in numbers over the years, resulting in the need to erect and use three temporary classrooms for teaching.

“These three classrooms are still in daily use.

The planned first-floor extension on to an existing flat-roofed single-storey extension would mean one temporary classroom and another temporary building could be removed and some pupils could relocate into the new rooms, and more classroom space would be created without encroaching on outside space and sports areas.

The plans also include a new staff room and training area, resource space, toilets and cloakrooms, and even first-floor balconies for outdoor teaching.

The timber-framed extension will be mainly prefabricated off site and lifted into place to keep disruption at the school to a minimum, and at the same time the existing 1970s-built ground floor will be insulated and clad in render to improve the appearance.

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11:26am Wed 25 Jun 14

Ageing Hippy says...

Oh great, more places=more lazy fat parents clogging the surrounding roads dropping off and picking up in their cars! West End and Middlecroft in Strensall are a joke, you would think half the cars had just run out of petrol the way they are abandoned.
Oh great, more places=more lazy fat parents clogging the surrounding roads dropping off and picking up in their cars! West End and Middlecroft in Strensall are a joke, you would think half the cars had just run out of petrol the way they are abandoned. Ageing Hippy
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11:55am Wed 25 Jun 14

Andbreathe says...

Whilst I appreciate ageing hippy has an opinion on the parking, which is often attrocious and should not happen, I occasionally park in Middlecroft, which is not residents only parking, so am totally allowed to. This is not because I am fat, or like to clog the road - this is because I go to work around my children's education and like to pay my own way in life for my appropriately sized house and children.
My point, relevant to the original story, is that there are going to be too many houses, too many people and the village will lose a lot of its character. A shame.
Whilst I appreciate ageing hippy has an opinion on the parking, which is often attrocious and should not happen, I occasionally park in Middlecroft, which is not residents only parking, so am totally allowed to. This is not because I am fat, or like to clog the road - this is because I go to work around my children's education and like to pay my own way in life for my appropriately sized house and children. My point, relevant to the original story, is that there are going to be too many houses, too many people and the village will lose a lot of its character. A shame. Andbreathe
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12:53pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Yeomansuk says...

First floor balconies! No-way to them! As a local home owner, we were told that the chance of being granted a first floor 'juliette' style balcony was remote due to incursion of surrounding residents privacy. Although saying that, I remember the original extension and parking scheme being vastly opposed only to sail through anyway - good luck to any objectors but I'm afraid you're probably wasting your time & breath.
The whole plan is typical of all UK councils, eg; rather than use the tannery waste ground to construct a new centrally located school with modern facilities, we will cram a more than comfortable number of houses on the site and then think about expanding an existing facility which is clearly outgrown it's original site & location.
First floor balconies! No-way to them! As a local home owner, we were told that the chance of being granted a first floor 'juliette' style balcony was remote due to incursion of surrounding residents privacy. Although saying that, I remember the original extension and parking scheme being vastly opposed only to sail through anyway - good luck to any objectors but I'm afraid you're probably wasting your time & breath. The whole plan is typical of all UK councils, eg; rather than use the tannery waste ground to construct a new centrally located school with modern facilities, we will cram a more than comfortable number of houses on the site and then think about expanding an existing facility which is clearly outgrown it's original site & location. Yeomansuk
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3:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Should read plans put forward to enable future housing development.
Should read plans put forward to enable future housing development. Archiebold the 1st
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7:16pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Carrieblue1 says...

Yeomansuk wrote:
First floor balconies! No-way to them! As a local home owner, we were told that the chance of being granted a first floor 'juliette' style balcony was remote due to incursion of surrounding residents privacy. Although saying that, I remember the original extension and parking scheme being vastly opposed only to sail through anyway - good luck to any objectors but I'm afraid you're probably wasting your time & breath.
The whole plan is typical of all UK councils, eg; rather than use the tannery waste ground to construct a new centrally located school with modern facilities, we will cram a more than comfortable number of houses on the site and then think about expanding an existing facility which is clearly outgrown it's original site & location.
Robert Wilkinson is an academy, so no longer owned by the Local Education Authority. The private company/trust that now owns it is the body you should be encouraging to build elsewhere. Local. Councils can no longer build new schools, only academies or free schools can be opened. The government has given away £10 billion worth of school buildings so far.
[quote][p][bold]Yeomansuk[/bold] wrote: First floor balconies! No-way to them! As a local home owner, we were told that the chance of being granted a first floor 'juliette' style balcony was remote due to incursion of surrounding residents privacy. Although saying that, I remember the original extension and parking scheme being vastly opposed only to sail through anyway - good luck to any objectors but I'm afraid you're probably wasting your time & breath. The whole plan is typical of all UK councils, eg; rather than use the tannery waste ground to construct a new centrally located school with modern facilities, we will cram a more than comfortable number of houses on the site and then think about expanding an existing facility which is clearly outgrown it's original site & location.[/p][/quote]Robert Wilkinson is an academy, so no longer owned by the Local Education Authority. The private company/trust that now owns it is the body you should be encouraging to build elsewhere. Local. Councils can no longer build new schools, only academies or free schools can be opened. The government has given away £10 billion worth of school buildings so far. Carrieblue1
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7:43pm Wed 25 Jun 14

sensible_cynic. says...

Carrieblue is quite right. Robert Wilkinson is an academy. The council have no control of the school, they do not even own the deeds to the land and the buildings. All this was handed over to the school (free of charge) when it became an academy. It is, in effect, a private school and is in no way accountable to the local authority. It is funded directly from government. Any concerns that local residents have should be directed not at the council, but to the governors of the school directly or the Secretary of State for Education.
Carrieblue is quite right. Robert Wilkinson is an academy. The council have no control of the school, they do not even own the deeds to the land and the buildings. All this was handed over to the school (free of charge) when it became an academy. It is, in effect, a private school and is in no way accountable to the local authority. It is funded directly from government. Any concerns that local residents have should be directed not at the council, but to the governors of the school directly or the Secretary of State for Education. sensible_cynic.
  • Score: 4

8:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

Yeomansuk says...

Carrieblue1 wrote:
Yeomansuk wrote:
First floor balconies! No-way to them! As a local home owner, we were told that the chance of being granted a first floor 'juliette' style balcony was remote due to incursion of surrounding residents privacy. Although saying that, I remember the original extension and parking scheme being vastly opposed only to sail through anyway - good luck to any objectors but I'm afraid you're probably wasting your time & breath.
The whole plan is typical of all UK councils, eg; rather than use the tannery waste ground to construct a new centrally located school with modern facilities, we will cram a more than comfortable number of houses on the site and then think about expanding an existing facility which is clearly outgrown it's original site & location.
Robert Wilkinson is an academy, so no longer owned by the Local Education Authority. The private company/trust that now owns it is the body you should be encouraging to build elsewhere. Local. Councils can no longer build new schools, only academies or free schools can be opened. The government has given away £10 billion worth of school buildings so far.
Who will approve the new extension plans ? Local council ?
[quote][p][bold]Carrieblue1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yeomansuk[/bold] wrote: First floor balconies! No-way to them! As a local home owner, we were told that the chance of being granted a first floor 'juliette' style balcony was remote due to incursion of surrounding residents privacy. Although saying that, I remember the original extension and parking scheme being vastly opposed only to sail through anyway - good luck to any objectors but I'm afraid you're probably wasting your time & breath. The whole plan is typical of all UK councils, eg; rather than use the tannery waste ground to construct a new centrally located school with modern facilities, we will cram a more than comfortable number of houses on the site and then think about expanding an existing facility which is clearly outgrown it's original site & location.[/p][/quote]Robert Wilkinson is an academy, so no longer owned by the Local Education Authority. The private company/trust that now owns it is the body you should be encouraging to build elsewhere. Local. Councils can no longer build new schools, only academies or free schools can be opened. The government has given away £10 billion worth of school buildings so far.[/p][/quote]Who will approve the new extension plans ? Local council ? Yeomansuk
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9:00am Fri 27 Jun 14

Yeomansuk says...

sensible_cynic. wrote:
Carrieblue is quite right. Robert Wilkinson is an academy. The council have no control of the school, they do not even own the deeds to the land and the buildings. All this was handed over to the school (free of charge) when it became an academy. It is, in effect, a private school and is in no way accountable to the local authority. It is funded directly from government. Any concerns that local residents have should be directed not at the council, but to the governors of the school directly or the Secretary of State for Education.
So they can extend the buildings to within an inch of the boundaries then ? No, the extension proposals will need to be approved, by . . . ?
[quote][p][bold]sensible_cynic.[/bold] wrote: Carrieblue is quite right. Robert Wilkinson is an academy. The council have no control of the school, they do not even own the deeds to the land and the buildings. All this was handed over to the school (free of charge) when it became an academy. It is, in effect, a private school and is in no way accountable to the local authority. It is funded directly from government. Any concerns that local residents have should be directed not at the council, but to the governors of the school directly or the Secretary of State for Education.[/p][/quote]So they can extend the buildings to within an inch of the boundaries then ? No, the extension proposals will need to be approved, by . . . ? Yeomansuk
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