Row over Shouldham school expansion plan

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Community leaders have opposed plans to expand a village school which they say is already too big for the site it occupies.

Plans to build a new classroom and staff room, and provide additional administrative space for the St Martin at Shouldham VA Primary School, are due to be considered by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday.

But, although officers have said it should be approved, parish councillors are objecting to the scheme.

They say the school is already twice as big as was originally envisaged and fear that even more extensions will follow if the latest scheme is approved.

The council added: “There are already many parking issues at school start and finishing times and we have had complaints from residents unable to get in or out of their properties.”

But the school says the extra capacity is needed to accommodate a class which is currently being taught in the school’s ICT suite.

The officers’ report to the committee stressed the school was not planning further expansion, adding: “The increase in floor space is to accommodate existing need.”

As well as the classroom and staff room, the application, submitted by the Diocese of Ely, also allows for extensions to the school’s main entrance, offices and rear cloakroom. Four extra parking spaces are also proposed.

Planning officials say the plan would not harm neighbouring residents or risk road safety in the area.