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School’s temporary classroom plan approved in Willenhall

By Gurdip Thandi | Walsall | Property | Published:

A temporary classroom and toilet block building will be created at a Willenhall infant school as it looks to press on with its expansion plans.

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Walsall Council planners have given the green light to Rosedale CE Infant School, in Stroud Avenue, to put the Portakabin structure on its playing fields.

Both the classroom and toilet buildings will be on hire from the company for one year to help accommodate its growing roll number as it tries to meet increasing demands for places.

A planning application for a permanent extension to the current school building is currently being considered by the authority.

If granted, this will see the pupil number capacity at Rosedale increase by 30 from the current 240 in September this year. This means the school will have increased by 90 in total in the last three years.

In the current application, the school’s agent Portakabin said: “The school has identified the need for additional teaching spaces to accommodate for an increasing number of pupils.

“The two buildings will be located in the very corner of the playing fields, keeping as much open space as possible. This application seeks temporary planning approval of one year.

“The local authority has reviewed and identified the specific need to develop necessary local and area wide places to satisfy demand and thereby allow the

local authority to meet its statutory duties.

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“The basic need for the expansion is relative to a temporary classroom block being installed on the site adjacent to the school playground.

“The construction of the temporary accommodation will enable Rosedale Infant School to provide much needed additional pupil places.”

Portakabin added that the buildings still belong to the company and therefore would not remain on site permanently.

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi
@Gurdo

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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