Study area conversion backed

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PLANS to convert a caretaker’s bungalow at a primary school have been approved.

Hartlepool Borough Council is to convert the single-storey building at Clavering Primary School, in Clavering Road, so it can be used as an extra area of space for groups already based within the school.

Councillors sitting on the planning committee unanimously backed plans at a meeting yesterday.

The bungalow will change in use to allow the school’s breakfast and after school club to relocate from the main building.

Independent Elwick councillor Hilary Thompson said it was good for the school to have a dedicated area for the various clubs.

Meanwhile, small groups of Special Educational Needs (SEN) children will also be able to use the building, parent workshops and mother and toddler groups.

The bungalow, which is within the grounds of the primary school, will only be used by school groups during school hours.

A report to the meeting said: “Examples of the uses include the relocation of the breakfast and after school clubs to the bungalow, accommodation of small groups of SEN children, parent workshops and mother/toddler groups.”

The application went before the committee because it is council-owned land and there had been one objection.

A condition has been included to ensure that it is used for existing school activities rather than an “independent community facility”.