Saturday, 25 November 2017

Playground equipment given the green light

A PRIMARY school has won retrospective consent for play equipment it installed without planning permission.

A PRIMARY school has won retrospective consent for play equipment it installed without planning permission.

The “multi-use games area” was installed at South Stoke Primary School in February last year, prompting complaints from residents who said it was too conspicuous and posed a road safety hazard.

It comprised a soft surface measuring about 120 square metres with football goals and basketball hoops with solid boards behind them.

One hoop was near the road and there were fears that balls could soar over the fence and hit cars.

The school has agreed to move the hoop and replace several solid fence panels with wire mesh so the development fits better with its surroundings.



A number of remaining solid panels will be painted green and blue to blend in.

The school will also hold events throughout the year to allow the whole community to use the facility.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning officers said the scheme was not out of character given its setting in a school and the modifications struck a “fair balance” between the pupils’ needs and villagers’ concerns.

They recommended approval and the authority’s planning committee voted to support the scheme.



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