King’s un­der fire for chang­ing new school plans

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

KING’S is fac­ing a back­lash for changes to its con­tro­ver­sial plans to build a new school in green belt.

The school was given the green light by Cheshire East coun­cil last year to sell three of its sites for hous­ing in or­der to build a new school on farm­land at Alder­ley Road, Prest­bury.

But now King’s are propos­ing to re­duce the scale of the main build­ing, in­crease the size of the sports build­ing and pavil­ion, re­ar­range the sports pitches, and change the car park and bus drop-off points.

It is also propos­ing to in­stall dozens of 20ft tall lamp posts on the cam­pus.

In a let­ter to neigh­bours Dr Si­mon Hyde, head­teacher at King’s, de­scribed the changes to the Derby Fields project as ‘rel­a­tively mod­est’.

Sav­ills, the plan­ning agent, said plan­ning of­fi­cers agreed that the changes could be achieved as ‘mi­nor ma­te­rial amend­ment ap­pli­ca­tion’.

But Prest­bury Parish Coun­cil claim the re­vi­sions are so sig­nif­i­cant it needs a fresh plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

In a state­ment on the coun­cil’s plan­ning por­tal, the parish coun­cil said 90 lamp posts would have ‘an ex­tremely ad­verse im­pact on both the res­i­dents and the night sky and wildlife’ and were at odds with the ‘low level’ lighting in the ap­proved plans.

Stephen Truswell, of Chelford Road, Mac­cles­field, com­mented that the pro­posed lamp posts were ‘far too tall and com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate in the green belt’.

Dr Gor­don Cur­rie, of Alder­ley Road, Mac­cles­field, added: “This plan will ur­banise the green belt be­yond what is nec­es­sary for the school to func­tion ef­fec­tively.”

An­other un­named ob­jec­tor, of Alder­ley Road, ac­cused the ap­pli­cant of be­ing ‘disin­gen­u­ous’ by with­draw­ing its plan for ‘low level’ lighting af­ter get­ting ap­proval.

In a let­ter to res­i­dents head­teacher Dr Si­mon Hyde, said: “The length of the ser­vice road has been re­duced to pro­vide a shorter and more direct route through the site.

“The lay­out of the sports pitches has been re­ar­ranged to im­prove func­tion­al­ity for the school. An in­ter­nal re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of the main school build­ing has re­sulted in a re­duced foot­print and changes to some el­e­va­tions.”

As it stands the new plans will be de­cided by plan­ning of­fi­cers not elected mem­bers. Any­one want­ing to com­ment has un­til July 20.

King’s School plans for new cam­pus on Derby Fields in Prest­bury

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