Academy expansion plans approved


A Wilmslow primary school has been granted planning permission to build four new classrooms.

The extension will enable Lacey Green Primary Academy School to provide entry for two classes each year.

The school became an academy in 2011 and since then it has grown in popularity.

For the past three years, the Local Authority and the Academy have agreed the admission of additional pupils above the published admission number to ensure that local children can access school places within a reasonable distance from their home address.

For 2010 the Academy in agreement with the Local Authority admitted 45 pupils to meet the demand in the local area, in September 2011 45 pupils were admitted and 60 pupils were admitted in September 2012 to meet demand from families resident in or local to the Academy catchment area.

The single storey extension will accommodate four new classrooms, new staff office, store and cloakroom areas. Plans also include a new external sports store, a new shared reception covered play area at the front of the school and an increased external infant play area.

As reported on last month, Lacey Green Academy is one of three local primary schools which Cheshire East Council is considering expanding to meet the growing local demand.

The proposed expansion plans for the three schools will cost £3 million, provide an extra 330 places across all year groups and increase the number of reception places by 45 from 360 to 405 by September 2014.

The plans include expanding Wilmslow Grange Community Primary and Nursery School in Handforth to create an additional 105 places, expand Dean Oaks Primary to also provide an additional 105 places and working in collaboration with Lacey Green Primary Academy to enable an extra 120 places to be provided.

The investment needed to carry out the works at each of the three schools is estimated to be £887,000 for Wilmslow Grange Community Primary, £900,000 for Dean Oaks Primary and £1,237,000 for Lacey Green Primary Academy.

The Council has approved funding, from the Council's 2013/2014 Capital Programme, of £887,000 for the proposed expansion of Wilmslow Grange and £1,237,000 for either Dean Oaks Primary or Lacey Green Primary Academy.

Therefore additional investment is required to enable all three proposals to be implemented, which could come from the Children, Families and Adults 2013- 2014 Capital Programme or the Department for Education.

Cheshire East Council is currently consulting on the plans to expand Dean Oaks from 315 to 420 pupil places, Wilmslow Grange from 210 to 315 pupil places and Lacey Green from 300 to 420 pupil places. Details of the proposals and a feedback form are available on the Cheshire East website, the consultation runs until 2nd July 2013.

The planning application can be viewed of the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 13/1189M.

Photo: George Osborne officially opened Lacey Green Primary Academy School in October 2011.

Lacey Green Primary Academy, Planning Applications