Friday, 22 September 2017

Temporary classrooms for college

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE wants to have three temporary classrooms while a new art department is being built.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE wants to have three temporary classrooms while a new art department is being built.

It is seeking planning permission for three single-storey portable buildings to be placed on the edge of the school playing field for about 11 months. The three teaching spaces will also include office facilities. Demolition work has already started on the existing art block prior to the building of the new art, music and resource centre which was approved by South Oxfordshire District Council in January last year.

The design and access statement for the new application says the site for the temporary classrooms is ideal.

It reads: “The site is used occasionally for temporary car parking during events but this can be provided elsewhere on the playing field. Due to the location close to the road, sports events do not take place on the proposed site.

“The temporary facilities will be required for three terms from August 19, to June 27, 2014. Once the temporary accommodation is removed, the area will be reinstated and will revert to its current use as grass playing surface.

“Given its position on the site and other surrounding and existing buildings, there are no loss of light issues.

“The building will be located close to existing classroom accommodation and will be secured daily by the college staff. While visible from the main road, the single-storey classrooms will not impinge upon the profile of the college frontage.”

Shiplake Parish Council has no strong views either way on the proposal and the district council has stated that it will make a final decision by August 20.

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