Primary school allowed to keep pergola
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’.