In their virtual Zoom meeting last night, Monday October 5, the Planning Committee of Marlborough Town Council voted unanimously to support Preshute School’s planning application. The planning application will now go forward to Wiltshire Council for approval.
Cllr Fogg said, “This is a fantastic school which for many years has been operating under huge difficulties. I endorse the proposals with great enthusiasm.”
Mayor Mark Cooper, who lives in Manton near the school which he attended as a child, said, “These plans are vital for the long term future of the school so it can continue to serve the children of the village.”
It is hoped that Phase 1 of the proposed building work which will replace temporary classrooms with three new classrooms in a first floor extension, will be completed by September 2021. It will be built in modules offsite and then craned in during the 2021 summer holidays to minimize disruption to the day to day life of the school. The iconic and historic old school building will remain.
Phase 2, which is not currently funded, will provide a new larger hall and a Year 6 classroom.
Architect, Richard Paige, explained, “The safety of pupils, staff and nearby residents is paramount. Phase 1 is largely a craning operation and we’ve done a lot in the centre of London without problems.”
He also reassured councillors that the new building would be environmentally friendly and that PV’s would be installed on the roof.
To view the full planning application click here