Permission granted for Cheetham Hill school
Conlan Construction will build a 420-pupil primary school off Bignor Street for Star Academies.
Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for Olive School, which would be constructed on a three-acre area of green space known as Bignor Street Park.
The city council said the scheme would “provide much-needed educational facilities” and that there would be “no undue impact arising from a proposal of this scale and nature”.
The project, for which plans were submitted in February, was approved under delegated powers. To learn more search for application reference 135936/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.
Located off Heywood Street, Star Academies’ two-form entry primary school would address “an identified need within the community”, according to consultation documents.
Designed by Bowker Sadler Architecture, the school, adjoining car park, and multi-use games area would be constructed on the northern section of the three-acre site.
The southern half of the site, currently occupied by a cricket pitch, would comprise a sports pitch and community batting nets.
Under Manchester City Council’s planning policy, any scheme that results in the loss of a sports pitch can only go ahead if better replacement provision is delivered nearby.
Star Academies plans to pay a financial contribution to the city council to support improvements to sports facilities at Smedley Lane and Cheetham Park.