Swimming pool set to be demolished in school plan
Proposals to demolish an unused swimming pool in order to make way for a new science block at a West Norfolk secondary school have been revealed.
Marshland High School at West Walton is seeking permission for an extension to its buildings, which would accommodate a new classroom, science studio, preparation room, storage and toilets.
The plan, submitted on behalf of the West Norfolk Academies Trust which sponsors the school, will see existing mobile classrooms removed and replaced.
A planning statement submitted as part of the application to West Norfolk Council, said the application would also remove the swimming pool, which has been closed since August 2017 when a fire safety inspection condemned the plant and fire exit facilities.
The statement said it would cost around £155,000 to carry out the necessary repairs so the pool could be re-opened.
It added that, at the time of the closure, the pool had enjoyed “very little” community use.
Since the pool closed Marshland pupils have used alternative swimming facilities.
The statement said that the plans have been designed to prevent any impact on open space or school playing fields.
Sport England, who will normally object to plans that result in lost sporting facilities, are satisfied the new development could meet its exception rules.
Although the proposal would result in the loss of a small area of hard play if it is approved, that will be compensated for by the removal of the existing modular buildings where a hard surface area would be installed.
Grass would be laid on the pool site.
However, the sports body has asked for further information on the loss of the pool to determine whether it could meet its exception policy.