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IT boost for Selby High School
PLANS to expand IT facilities at a Selby school look set to be given the go-ahead by council planners.
A first-floor extension will be created above Selby High School’s existing ICT rooms to form a large, open-plan teaching space, if plans are approved. County councillors have been advised to back the planning application when they consider it next Tuesday.
Selby Town Council has already told the county council that it has no objection to the plans, but would like developers to include some screening on the boundary between the site and Fairfax Avenue to protect the privacy of the residents.
One resident of Fairfax Avenue filed the only formal objection to the plans, and claimed he would be affected by excessive noise from the site, and would suffer a potential loss of privacy and light from the new structure.
A report to be presented to the planning department stated: “There is no evidence to suggest that there would be any permanent material increase in noise as a result of the proposal.
“The objection raised by the local resident also refers to a loss of privacy. With this in mind, it is important to note that there would be no windows on the south-facing elevation of the building facing on to the residents on Fairfax Avenue. In light of this, it is considered that the extension would not give rise to unacceptable levels of overlooking or loss of privacy.”
The report also said: “It is considered that the amenity of residential properties would not be detrimentally affected to an unacceptable level. It is therefore considered that, subject to the imposition of the recommended conditions, the proposed extension would not have an unacceptable impact on residential amenity, highway safety or on the character of the area.”
North Yorkshire County Council’s planning and regulatory functions committee will meet on Tuesday, to recommend permission for the proposal is granted.
The application for the planning permission stated: “The development will be a modern expansion, which will enable the school to enhance its current IT facilities.
“The proposal is to create a large open-plan teaching space equivalent to three classrooms, a staff work area with clear view of the teaching space to enable supervision, a staircase leading to the first-floor directly from the outside of the building, suitable ICT network connections along with storage and the inclusion of male and female toilets.”
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