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Councillors voted to approve the Department for Education's application on 6 July 2023. Credit: via planning documents

South Ribble passes Leyland school proposal

Described by planning officers as being in a state of disrepair, the 1960s Seven Stars Primary School is now due for a new building.

South Ribble Council voted to approve the replacement school at its planning committee meeting last week. The plans were submitted by the Department for Education as part of its School Rebuilding Programme, which seeks to provide modern educational facilities to replace those structures that are no longer fit for purpose.

The new building, designed by Bowker Sadler Architecture, will replace the two buildings the school’s 218 pupils currently study in. This new school will be two-storeys at its tallest and include ten classrooms, group teaching spaces, staff offices, and a hall. There will also be a multi-use games area on site.

Bowker Sadler’s designs do not account for any additional parking, instead retaining the 21 parking spaces for cars. There will be two new cycle shelters created though, with space for 20 bicycles to be stored.

While main contractor Conlon Construction builds the new school building, the two existing facilities will be demolished. During this time students will be able to continue their education in temporary classrooms.

Eddisons is the transport consultant for the scheme, while ERAP led on ecology. Clancy provided structures, civils, drainage, and M&E engineering services. The project team also included Saville Landscape Design and Amenity Trees.

You can learn more about the project by searching 07/2023/00063/FUL on South Ribble Council’s planning portal.

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