Three new schools plan

Manor College of Technology.
Manor College of Technology.

MAJOR plans for three new schools to be built in Hartlepool as part of a £19m investment will go before councillors tomorrow.

Manor College of Technology, Barnard Grove Primary School and Holy Trinity C of E Primary School are all benefiting from the Government’s multi-million pound Priority Schools Building Programme.

Councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the plans, which are all recommended to be approved despite concerns from some residents about traffic problems.

At Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, the plan is to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new school to accommodate 1,250 pupils plus an extra 26 special educational needs places.

A report said: “The existing school building will remain fully operational until completion and occupation of the new building at which point the existing buildings will be demolished.”

At Holy Trinity, in Crawford Street, the new school would remain as a 210 place primary school for five to 11 year olds but with the addition of a new 26 place nursery for three to five year olds.

Planning papers show the proposed new school building would be directly north of the existing school building, which would be flattened and replaced with a multi-use games area, staff parking and outdoor play areas.

At Barnard Grove Primary School the plan is to build the new school alongside the existing building, and then flatten the original facility when work is complete.

But a group of residents living nearby have expressed concerns over road safety, and say in their opinion the new plans do little to alleviate traffic problems in their neighbourhood.

Bill Hogg, who lives directly opposite the proposed new car park, has previously told the Mail: “We have lodged our objections to the council as we feel the problems we face with traffic on a daily basis will only get worse when the new school opens.”

Barnard Grove Primary School is the furthest advanced with their new site expected to be ready by October 2015. Meanwhile, Manor College of Technology is next in line with their project set to be finished by September 2016. The planning committee meets at 10.30am in the Civic Centre, Victoria Road.