Packed school gets £2.5m room to grow
APACKED primary school is getting vital new classrooms after plans were approved following a £2.5 million funding boost.
Staff and pupils at Parkroyal Community School, Lyon Street, Macclesfield have been celebrating winning £2.5 million of government funding for new buildings to accommodate the children.
The school was desperate for funding because it’s oversubscribed and has inadequate facilities.
But it has been a race against time to spend the money, with the school given until next March to complete the build or risk losing the cash.
Headteacher Caron Corden submitted a planning application to Cheshire East council to demolish two unfit buildings used for nursery and early years teaching and build a new two storey extension.
The plans include a new single storey dining extension off the existing main hall.
Councillors on the Northern Planning Committee of Cheshire East have now approved the plans, meaning the school can plough ahead with the aim of meeting its funding deadline.
Mrs Corden, who spoke to members at the committee meeting, said it was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for the school.
She said: “The school is oversubscribed and it’s vital we have new facilities.
“We have the youngest children in not-fit-forpurpose facilities and have been trying to find funding to replace the old damp buildings, so we’re delighted to have won the £2.5million funding.
“We apologise if our public consultation seemed rushed but we found out about the funding in May and it’s a condition that we must have completed the project and spent the money by March 2016, so it’s a very tight schedule.
“Everyone at the school has embraced this and worked very hard to get ready for the demolition over the summer and building asap.
“If the planning permission is delayed it’s not viable.”
There were concerns over the impact of traffic on Lyon Street but the main access into the site will be further down the road from Whiston Street.
Coun Craig Browne raised concerns over the modern design of the building alongside the historic main building, but planning officers said contemporary design is more common when relying on government funding because it’s less expensive.
●● Parkroyal Community Primary School has won a grant of £2.5m towards an extension