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Littlehampton and Lancing schools’ bid for expansion gets approval
Hundreds more students will be enrolled at two schools after plans to expand were approved.
The proposals put forward by White Meadows Primary School in Whitelea Road, Littlehampton, and Seaside Primary School in Freshbrook Road, Lancing, will see both schools swell by 210 pupils.
Both expansions were approved by West Sussex County Council’s planning committee at County Hall in Chichester on Tuesday.
This was in spite of White Meadows’ plans receiving 52 objections.
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A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We are pleased the schemes have been approved.
“This is all part of an ambitious capital programme that has been under way for some time, designed to meet the increased pressure for primary school places.
“In total we expect to be putting in some 6,000 extra places across the county.”
The plans for White Meadows include extending the school to three form entry, including eight classroom extensions, an extension to the hall, studio, storage and kitchen and changes to the parking areas.
Among the objectors was Littlehampton Town Council, which is concerned about the impact bigger schools would have on roads during pick-up and drop-off times.
An additional 120 school places will be provided as a result of the development and 90 pupils currently taught in temporary buildings would move to permanent built classrooms – taking the school population to 630.
Seaside Primary School applied for a single- storey extension for seven new classrooms and two additional rooms, as well an extension to the main hall. It was approved despite residents’ concerns about noise, congestion and pollution from more traffic.
The school said more places were needed to meet future demand.
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