Plans to replace temporary classrooms, improve welfare facilities and increase the size of the playground at Preshute Primary School, Manton were presented for initial discussion at Marlborough Town Council Planning Committee Meeting last night, Monday September 21.
The redevelopment and improvement of the school is much needed. Cllr Andy Wilson commented, “The school has done a fantastic job in making the most of the limited space it has at present but upgrading is long overdue. The plan is to create a first storey extension to provide three new classrooms and to remove the unsuitable and temporary buildings. The original iconic old school building will remain. The building work will be carried out in two phases to minimize disruption.”
Wiltshire Council have committed to funding Phase 1 of the improvements.
Mayor Mark Cooper, who attended the school as a child and lives in Manton, said, “These plans will secure the long term future of the school at the heart of the village and serve generations of children in years to come.”
Cllr Cairns commented, “The plans show an innovative approach to using space effectively.”
Cllr Jo Waltham inquired as to the climate impact of the new building and Town Clerk Shelley Parker will discuss this with the applicants.
Since the consultation period for the proposed plans is open until October 15 Marlborough Town Council deferred making any recommendations to Wiltshire Council until the Planning Committee Meeting on October 5. This should allow more residents to make any comments.
The planning application can be found here.