BREAKING NEWS: Planners give green light to £13.5 million Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham

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A NEW £13.5 million school WILL be built in Grantham as Lincolnshire County Council has approved the planning application this morning (Monday).

As reported in the Journal, the application to build the new Priory Ruskin Academy in Rushcliffe Road had been deferred three times due to residents’ concerns over construction traffic.

However, it was approved this morning at the county council offices in Lincoln.

County Councillor Ray Wootten has been representing residents’ views, and he was present at the meeting.

He said: “I’m pleased that the application has been investigated thoroughly but I’m disappointed that another access route for construction traffic was not possible.

“I fear that the next 18 months are going to bring disturbances for residents and there’s a real possibility that they will be unable to leave their homes by car during busy periods.”

Priory Ruskin headteacher Clive Shepherd hopes to celebrate today’s “fantastic news”.

He told the Journal: “It has been a rocky road through trying to get planning permission. I think staff, students and parents have been frustrated by the constant deferrals over the planning application, but now those frustrations are no longer there.”

For more on this story, see Friday’s Journal.