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Thursday, 11 October 2012 (3031422)
Roof-top playdeck plan at school is set to get the go-ahead
by Natasha Young

PLANS for a new roof-top playdeck and single storey extension at Birkdale Primary School are recommended for the green light at tonight's planning meeting (Wednesday).

The proposed extension, which will incorporate the new play area, is set to link the Matlock Road school's junior and infant buildings if Sefton's planning committee gives it the go ahead.

A report by planning officers in the borough said approval of the scheme, which would also include new sections of boundary fencing, additional parking and external alterations, is “justified.”

The extension to the building would comprise office accommodation and four classrooms, as well as toilet facilites, while its rooftop will also provide an outdoor enclosed play area to replace the existing playground.

The report said: “A variety of designs were considered for the new extension including traditional brickwork and a design which reflected that of the school. However a modern solution to the scheme was considered appropriate to enhance the appearance of the school in the street scene. The proposed extension will be constructed in a colour coated aluminium with double glazed units at ground floor. The cladding surrounding the first floor play deck will be insulated to absorb noise from children playing.”

It added: “The proposed development will provide accommodation for a further 90 children and up to eight more staff this will result in an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The school is located on a restricted site and there are limited opportunities to provide additional off street car parking. The scheme does provide three additional spaces giving a

total of 17. Cycle parking has also been increased from 12 to 26 spaces. The school also has a Travel Plan in place to encourage alternative means of transport to school.”

A transport statement also recommends that Matlock Road becomes one way in a south westerly direction between Upper Aughton Road and Bury Road, traffic calming measures are introduced on Matlock Road between Upper Aughton Road and Bury Road, and 20mph zone and one-way traffic regulation orders are introduced.


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