No pass for school plan

AN ANNEXE at Bures Primary School for nursery and reception classes is being built too close to residents’ homes, councillors have decided.

Babergh District Council has objected to plans by Suffolk County Council to extend the Nayland Road school as part of the Schools Organisation Review.

Next year, the primary school will be taking on two new year groups – Years 5 and 6 – extending its pupils’ school leaving age from nine to 11 as part of the county’s education changes.

The school will be recruiting four new staff, two full-time and two part-time as a result of the changes, increasing staff numbers from 27 to 31.

Councillors heard the application proposed a single-storey, 162-square metre building to provide accommodation for the school’s nursery and reception classes, as well as staffrooms and a kitchen.

The plans involved demolishing and rebuilding two garages and rerouting a public footpath on land owned by the district council.

But after a site visit in early December, council officers said the proposed annexe was being built too close to residents’ boundaries and “was considered to be detrimental to the amenities that nearby residents should reasonably expect to be able to continue to enjoy by reason of noise and general disturbance”.

Babergh received one letter from a resident who said there was a lack of parking provision for the extra traffic being generated.

The resident, from Claypits Avenue, said that unless traffic calming measures were put in place, children walking to school were being put at risk.

Councillors agreed to report back to the county council with comments on highway safety and “the cramped nature of the development and lack of circulation space”, saying the plan would inconvenience other road users.