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GO AHEAD: Temporary classroom block approved

GO AHEAD: Temporary classroom block approved

Epinay Business and Enterprise School, Image: Google

Proposals for a temporary classroom block at a South Tyneside special needs school have been given the go-ahead.

Back in July, South Tyneside Council lodged an application with its own planning department for Epinay Business and Enterprise School in Jarrow.

This included the construction of a single-storey modular classroom for a temporary period of 12 months and two temporary car parking spaces.

According to a planning statement, the temporary classroom will allow the school to support additional children with special educational needs, with one teacher and one teaching assistant proposed.

Floor plans also show two separate teaching spaces within the modular building, alongside toilet facilities and storage areas.

The Jarrow school is set to relocate to the former South Shields School site next year following a decision by the council’s ruling cabinet.

After the temporary use ends at the Epinay site, the classroom block will be removed as the school is formally closed and staff and pupils move to the new location.

During consultation on the modular classroom application, three representations were received from nearby residents raising concerns about parking problems on Clervaux Terrace and the areas surrounding the school.

In a decision report, planning officers said the proposed parking spaces were acceptable and that existing parking restrictions in the area would not be affected by the proposal.

A planning statement from the applicant added: “Access is to be achieved by utilising the existing school access and vehicle drop-off point, from Clervaux Terrace.

“It is understood that pupils being taught in the proposed modular classroom building are likely to travel to school using existing transport or a dedicated service.

“Additional traffic flows will be low and will not result in significant additional traffic flows to the site over the temporary period of operation.”

South Tyneside Council’s planning department approved the application for the temporary classroom building on September 24 2021.

A council decision report concluded that the proposal would not be “harmful to highway safety and would meet the parking standards for the proposed development.”

Epinay Business and Enterprise School provides education for children and young people who have an education, health and care plan – which includes a range of additional needs.

These range from learning difficulties, visual impairment and autistic spectrum disorders to speech, language and communication issues.

The school’s planned move to the ex-South Shields School site will allow Epinay to increase its pupil numbers while reducing out-of-borough placements.

Eventually this will allow more children in the future to receive their education in South Tyneside, instead of having to travel to school in neighbouring council areas.

Following cabinet approval earlier this year and works at the new school site, pupils and staff are expected to relocate from April 2022.

 

Words: Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter


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