THE green light is being sought from Oldham Council for plans to extend Crompton House C of E High School.
The proposals for the Rochdale Road site have been submitted to the borough for a decision from the planning committee, with a target date for a decision of August 14, 2018.
The application details the proposals for a new three-storey teaching block over the existing multi-use games area (MUGA) with associated hard landscaping along with a new multi-use games area to rear of existing Sports Hall and associated hard landscaping.
The plans also seek the erection of a single storey extension to Clegg block, internal remodelling to the existing Selwyn and Milne block, the demolition of the existing Ballard teaching block, and the creation of two new car parking areas.
The extension would see admission at Crompton House, which is the borough’s third most oversubscribed school, raise from 1,120 to 1,680 places.
The design and access statement submitted to Oldham Council explains: “The aspiration for the school is to introduce high quality additions that address both the school’s existing provision, but also allow for an increase in form entry by providing additional teaching space and associated facilities.
“The proposal has been developed through comprehensive consultation with the Local Planning Authority, other statutory consultees and external consultants.
“Crompton House Secondary School currently provides 1,120 school places for boys and girls between the ages of 11-16 with additional 6th form facilities.
“With pupil projection forecasts illustrating the need for an increase in secondary school places throughout Oldham to meet future demand, the Governors and Headteacher at Crompton House support the Local Authority in proposing to expand the school’s intake from an eight form entry to a 12 form entry secondary school.
“The proposed expansion will increase the total ‘Planned Admission Number (PAN)’ of the Academy from 1,120 pupils to 1,680 pupils (an additional 112 pupils per year group).
“In order to support this increase, the number of classroom learning spaces will need to be increased due to a current shortage.
“Furthermore, some of the classrooms in use are either unsuitable in terms of size, or are located in areas not easily accessible due to the age of the existing buildings.
“This proposed works address many shortcomings on the existing site and provide new facilities to allow for the increase in pupil numbers as explained above.”
A public consultation was held October 25, 2017 at Crompton House School where plans were presented to the public.
Comments have since been collated and addressed in a ‘Community Involvement Statement’ document which forms of part of the planning application.
Assessments and surveys, including ecological and transport, have been carried out and submitted.
See the full planning application online using the reference: PA/341768/18: www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200351/planning