New school for North Huddersfield

Our cabinet will be asked to approve the next step in building a new primary school for Huddersfield.

At their meeting on 21 August 2018, councillors will be asked to agree to the change of use of a section of Cemetery Road allotments so that they can be made into playing fields and a new car park for the school.

Proposal allows children room to play

The new 420 place primary school will deliver high-quality education for children in the area, and make sure there are enough places for children in the future.

The new school will be located on the site of the Clare Hill playing fields, the site is big enough for the school building but not for all the outdoor space a school of that size would need.

If agreed, the allotments located next to the site would be used to provide the school with essential external play space including a grassed sports area as well as vehicle access and car parking.

In addition, Sports England require that any playing fields lost to developments are replaced – the changing of use from allotment to playing field will also help facilitate this.

New allotment plots for those affected

The 14 affected allotment plot holders have been offered new plots in the same allotment. These plots have been cleared, structurally improved and where required had a greenhouse/shed added.  Even if all the allotment holders accept a new plot there will still be 4 vacant plots available for new tenants.

Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member responsible for learning said:

“Taking this step will allow us to move forward with building a much needed new school for children in North Huddersfield, we need to make sure there are enough spaces for the future and a brand new school is the best way to do this. The site is well placed and the leadership team who will be running the new school have exciting plans for making the most of the local environment using the forest school concept.”

Cllr Naheed Mather Cabinet Member responsible for communities and Environment said:

“Allotments are part of our local communities and it is important that we have enough spaces for those that want them, the amount of unused space on this site mean that it is possible to have both a fantastic new school and a vibrant allotment site. The work we have done on the allotment plots has brought them up to a very high standard with new paths, edging, and access to water, so tenants can get straight into the art of growing.  I am sure that the displaced tenants will take full advantage of the improved facilities and that the remaining plots will be in high demand.”

Cllr Graham Turner Cabinet Member for Corporate said:

“We have taken positive action to improve the cemetery road allotments and offered all those affected by the changes alternative plots, all of which have been pre-prepared for the tenants to reduce the amount of disruption.”

For more information about the proposals read the report.

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