Neighbours fail to block school extension plans for St Joan of Arc Primary
The new building to house a reception office at the Highbury school
15 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser
The Town Hall where the planning meeting took place
PARENTS and residents clashed at the Town Hall as a school’s plans to extend a building was given the green light.
St Joan of Arc Primary School, in Highbury, was granted permission, with conditions, to build a single-storey extension so it can expand its before-and-after school club provision.
The new building will house a reception office, library, meeting rooms, teaching kitchen and toilets.
Several Rosa Alba Mews residents objected to the proposals. A spokesman for them told a planning committee meeting on Tuesday: “They are proposing to build a toilet block five metres from our house. So there’s a visual issue and an acoustic issue.
“They’re moving a gate closer to our houses. There are going to be more people milling around before and after school.”
Matthew Swinhoe, the architect who designed the extension, said: “We are aware that we are situated within the community and that this will have an impact.
“The ambitions of the scheme are to overcome significant safeguarding issues.”
Currently, the school has external toilets so “extra resourcing” is needed to supervise them.
Access to the breakfast club is also difficult because its building is a significant distance from the gate. Parents have to walk through the school to drop off children.
The committee approved the scheme with a condition that residents are involved in the construction plans.