School granted an extension

Liz Whetham, head teacher at Holy Trinity Primary School, Halifax.
Liz Whetham, head teacher at Holy Trinity Primary School, Halifax.

A first floor extension for new teaching spaces at Holy Trinity Primary School has been approved by Calderdale Council’s planning committee.

The extension will contain a 63m design technology classroom and a 50m studio/group room.

The application had 56 letters of objection, with residents raising concerns that the extension would overlook their properties, but it was ruled that the privacy of residents would not be significantly affected.

Those opposed to the plans also raised concerns about the increase in traffic and pressure on parking spaces.

But the school insisted the proposal would not lead to an increase in the number of staff or pupils.

But one of the objectors, Barry Caldicott, an architect who lives near the school, said: “We don’t believe the school when they say it will not lead to more pupils.

“There is nothing to stop the school from doing that.

“It’s already a nightmare trying to park near the school.

“The existing access is extremely dangerous, especially considering it’s a junior and infant school.

“It doesn’t currently meet Highways Agency standards - sooner or later a child or adult will be seriously injured or killed.

“It’s literally an accident waiting to happen.”

Speaking during the planning committee meeting, Coun Robert Thornber (Con, Ryburn) said he sympathised with the objectors but did not believe there would be an increase in pupil or staff numbers or in surrounding traffic.”

The application was granted unanimously, after which an objector shouted “It’s been a waste of time, thanks for nothing” before leaving the room.

Elizabeth Whetham, headteacher at Holy Trinity School, said: “We’re delighted it has been approved.

“It will give us the opportunity to enrich the curriculum for the children at Holy Trinity even further.”