New schemes will cre­ate hun­dreds of ex­tra school places

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report -

Hun­dreds of ad­di­tional school places are set to be cre­ated for Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre thanks to two newly ap­proved projects.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee has given the go- ahead to the projects at Queen’s Drive In­fant School, in Queen’s Drive West, and Thomas Dea­con Academy( TDA), in Queen’s Gar­dens.

Mem­bers voted unan­i­mously in favour of the schemes, which aim to ease com­pe­ti­tion for places in the city cen­tre.

The Queen’s Drive In­fant School ap­pli­ca­tion will cre­ate two new class­rooms, pro­vid­ing space for 60 more pupils.

The devel­op­ment would come at the loss of eight trees and mem­bers amended a con­di­tion to bring for­ward in time land­scap­ing work which would in­clude re­place­ment plant­ing.

The project at TDA will see the cre­ation of a two­s­torey ju­nior academy, which will have room for 350 pupils, aged seven to 11.

Mem­bers were told the start times of the acad­e­mies would be stag­gered to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion, with TDA lock­ing down at 8.45am and the new site open­ing for pupils at 9am. Con­cerns re­mained though. Cllr Na­bil Shab­bir said: “If we have got work­ing par­ents who have got to go to work at 9am they are just go­ing to come to the at the same time as the rest of the stu­dents.”

Nick Hard­ing, group man­ager devel­op­ment of­fi­cer at the city coun­cil, said de­spite such po­ten­tial is­sues it was felt the road net­work could take the ex­tra num­bers coming to the site.

Coun­cil­lor Na­bil Shab­bir

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