Sunday, 29 November 2020

Neighbour objects to school music room

A NEIGHBOUR has objected to plans by a Henley school to build a new music room.

A NEIGHBOUR has objected to plans by a Henley school to build a new music room.

The single-storey timber outbuilding at Sacred Heart primary would measure 30 sq metres by 20 sq metres and be able to accommodate up to six children at once.

As well as music study, it could be used to give children counselling.

Neighbour Joanna Moss, of Greys Hill, said: “We object on the grounds of the location of the new building as it is right at the bottom of the school’s boundary and is effectively creating a sprawl of school buildings.

“We wish to understand why the new building is not planned to be built nearer the existing school buildings, which would be easier for staff and children to access, particularly in bad weather.

“We also have concerns on the use of the building and the level of noise that would be created as we understand it will be used for music lessons.”

Members of the town council’s planning committee recommended the application is refused. Councillor Dieter Hinke agreed that noise would be an issue as the building would be at the end of the school site.

Councillor Lorraine Hillier suggested that sound proofing could be installed.

She said she supported the school but the new building would give the site a “sprawling” appearance.

The committee recommended approval of an application by Rupert House School in Bell Street to refurbish a coal shed area.

Eddie Booth, a conservation consultant for South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This is a welcome upgrade of an internal yard and service buildings which sees concrete paving becoming natural stone and polycarbonate roofs becoming slate.

“We would not normally agree the use of dry-lining for historic buildings but I appreciate that here it is necessary for acoustic reasons.”

The district council will make a decision by July 9.

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