Nearby residents say they will continue to fight plans for an extension to the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, approved subject to conditions by South Kesteven District Council.
After submitting letters of objection and a petition against the plans, they hoped the application would go before committee. Instead, the decision has been made by SKDC’s appointed planning officer to approve the new language teaching centre, car park, pedestrian access and bin store.
A resident of The Grove for nearly 20 years, Lance Woods said: “I’m not happy about this – it seems that whatever the school wants the school gets. We have seen a lot of building work and from a traffic point of view it is just getting worse and worse. It beggars belief. We tried to make our voices heard but have been pushed to one side. We are still trying to fight our corner.”
Neighbour Sandra Herbert is also among the group of residents continuing the challenge, and describes the parking arrangements as “ludicrous”.
SKDC’s executive manager for development and growth, Paul Thomas said: “The application was considered against all the current planning guidelines and there were no valid reasons for opposing a development that will help to enhance the area’s educational offer. The application was therefore approved under delegated powers.”
The academy trust’s CEO Trudy Brothwell said they intend to complete the car park in time for the new school year, but have no immediate plans to build the extension yet.