Extra classrooms planned for school


PLANS to add 12 classrooms to a Felpham school have moved a step closer.

West Sussex County Council wants to build the extra rooms in a new block at Downview Primary School, in Wroxham Way.

The scheme will also include extensions to the main hall, staff room and offices and two new offices.

This will enable the school to educate 630 pupils compared to the current 420 from September, 2015.

No objections have been made by Arun District Council before the county council decides the scheme.

Arun planning officer Simon Davis said in his report: “Above all, this proposal seeks to provide modern new school facilities to service an existing demand for new school places.

The proposed works have been designed sympathetically with the local environment and (to) minimise works to trees.”

An increase in parking on site and a travel plan to encourage journeys apart from cars had been included in the scheme to lessen its impact on surrounding residents.

Mr Davis said the proposed office extension would move the building 5m closer to the nearest homes. But there would still be 29m between them. The extension was single storey with a flat roof to minimise its effect.

The new classrooms will add 1,550sqm of space to the school’s 2,258sqm. But the existing temporary classrooms will go.