Infants School's expansion plans win approval
to expand Burnham Infants School have been given a green light
by town councillors this week.
new single storey extension comprising of an extra classroom,
cloakroom and toilet facilities, has been proposed by Somerset
County Council's education department.
scheme will involve 381 square metres of public park area next
to the 187-pupil school being removed from public use to make
way for the extension.
Allan Miller, Chairman of the town council's Planning Applications
Committee, said at Wednesday's meeting: "The school desperately
needs more classroom space and recreational areas for its growing
numbers of pupils."
Cllr Bill Hancock raised concerns that the proposals will lead
to an increase of vehicles in the area at peak times.
pupils will create traffic problems in this residential area,
but I can't see a way around this," he said.
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "I support these proposals,
but because the public amenity space is being reduced, I would
like to see some community compensation - possibly with additional
open land being given to the town for the public use."
town council's planning applications committee approved the plans
this week, but the final decision now rests with Sedgemoor District
Council, which will review the scheme over the coming weeks.