Pri­mary school al­lowed to keep per­gola

Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

A PRI­MARY school has been al­lowed to keep an ‘out­door class­room’ in its play­ground de­spite con­cerns over noise and pupils ‘peer­ing at neigh­bours sun­bathing’ in their gar­dens.

Christ Church CE pri­mary, in Chad­der­ton, Old­ham, had put up a per­gola – an out­door shaded struc­ture – dur­ing the sum­mer, but coun­cil of­fi­cers deemed that it needed plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Neigh­bours liv­ing on Lin­dale Av­enue whose gar­dens backed onto the school field and lo­cal coun­cil­lors had ob­jected to the ap­pli­ca­tion, which was sub­mit­ted ret­ro­spec­tively. But af­ter a long de­bate, the plan­ning com­mit­tee even­tu­ally agreed by just one vote to grant the wooden struc­ture per­mis­sion.

How­ever, the Craw­ley Way school must agree a plant­ing scheme around the frame to screen the ‘out­door class­room’ from the sur­round­ing res­i­dents to pro­tect their pri­vacy.

The school had said the per­gola would be used dur­ing play­time and oc­ca­sion­ally for teach­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, such as ‘story time’. En­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers con­cluded that any noise and dis­tur­bance would be dur­ing day­time hours and ‘in­fre­quent’.

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