Temporary school to teach children as 500-home development gets underway

Counillor Ray Martin-Wells
Counillor Ray Martin-Wells

A new temporary school will be built while a development with 500 new homes is created.

The Church of England school will be a forerunner of a new permanent school at Wynyard Village to accommodate children from a new development.

I think it will be an absolute asset to the side and will reduce some of the traffic movements

Hartlepool Rural West ward councillor Ray Martin-Wells

Outline planning permission was granted by Stockton Borough Council last year for up to 500 houses, primary school and nursery, retail space, doctors surgery and community facilities.

The new temporary school has won the backing of Hartlepool Borough Council and will be sited off Wynyard Woods road a stones throw from the A689 at Wynyard Village.

A report to the council’s planning committee stated the temporary school is due to be ready for the new term in September and be open for a year to 18 months.

The application attracted four objections from near neighbours.

Among their concerns were the impact on householders from the noise while the temporary school is built, impact on traffic and claims there are enough places at existing schools.

Rural West councillor Ray Martin-Wells supported the application.

He said: “I know there have been some concerns about noise and so on but let’s be honest Wynyard has been a building site for some time.

“I think as long as the developers stick to the plan, and I hope that they will, it will be an absolute asset to the side and will reduce some of the traffic movements currently along the A689 because people have no option other than to go out of Wynyard to go to school.”

The school will be a single storey classroom block and single storey administration building plus soft play and tarmac play areas and car parking.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of giving planning permission to the application.