School’s 210 new places bid

Lancaster Road School.
Lancaster Road School.

A Morecambe primary school is gearing up to accept more than 200 extra children.

Lancashire County Council has submitted plans to significantly increase the capacity at Lancaster Road Primary School - with six new classrooms, a new playground, a new hall and a new main entrance.

Due to rising school numbers in the Morecambe and Heysham area there is a need to provide additional pupil places on a permanent basis, the council said.

The authority consulted with schools in the area and Lancaster Road agreed to accept additional pupils.

The school, which currently has 420 places, would be expanded to accommodate 630 pupils - an increase of 210.

The school said it would be increasing capacity incrementally each year, with an extra 30 pupils per year for seven years.

Birth rates across the county have been on the rise, and a particularly high rate in 2010/11 has prompted the council to take measures to increase capacity.

The plan for Lancaster Road, which was build in 1932, is to temporarily expand it for September 2015, with a permanent expansion due for 2016.

If approved. the plan, which will be considered by Lancaster City Council’s planning committee, wil include one new single story block with link corridor containing six new classrooms, hall, storage, toilets, meeting rooms, main entrance, plant room and staff area.

A further small single story block is proposed to be built onto the side of the existing kitchen to accommodate the increased demand in school meals. 
External work will include a new remodelled pedestrian entrance area to the front of the school, demolition, of existing garage, new tarmac playground, relocation of external fixed play equipment, relocation of CCTV, new perimeter paths, new fencing and gates, new car park with lighting, delivery turning,

school signage, removal and reinstatement of trees, and planting.