A formal planning application has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council for the erection of a new primary school within the grounds of Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).
As previously reported in The Journal, the new ‘primary phase’ building will be located on an area of land that is currently used as a secondary car park, located between the school’s ‘AstroTurf’ all-weather sports pitch and the site boundary closest to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.
It is intended to relocate the secondary car park, which currently provides 43 spaces, to the other side of the secondary school building, on currently unused land between the rear gardens of properties in Champs Sur Marne and an all-weather sports pitch. Cycle storage ‘pods’ providing parking for around 370 bikes will also be moved.
The relocation will provide a net increase of 16 car parking spaces, of which 12 are deemed necessary for the maximum 36 staff anticipated to be on-site at the new primary facility at any one time.
Plans submitted with the application show a building providing seven classrooms, a library/resource area, a main hall and a kitchen. The principal access will be from the roundabout on Fiddlers Wood Lane via the existing access road that leads to the secondary car park.
A secondary pedestrian-only access point is proposed, located close to the point where the footpath into the nature reserve joins Fiddlers Wood Lane. This would be in the form of a lockable gate that is only open at the start and end of the school day.
The application states that negotiations have taken place between South Gloucestershire Council and Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, with a view to formalising an arrangement whereby parents of primary age children would be permitted to drop-off and pick-up children in the leisure centre car park, from where they could easily access the school via the proposed new pedestrian entrance.
The primary facility would have a single form entry with up to 210 pupils on roll when fully occupied. It is hoped to receive the first intake of reception aged children in September 2015.
It is proposed that the start and end times of the primary age school day would be staggered from those of the secondary age students. Starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm is suggested in the travel plan that accompanies the application.
The consultation period for the school building planning application runs until 2nd June.
A separate planning application was made in April for the car park relocation and the consultation period for that has now finished, although a decision is still pending.
Above: Location of the proposed ‘primary phase’ building on the Bradley Stoke Community School site.
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