Plans for new school nursery

West Park primary school headteacher Mark Parry pictured opposite the existing nursery school.
West Park primary school headteacher Mark Parry pictured opposite the existing nursery school.

A PRIMARY school is in line for a new nursery building if plans are approved.

West Park Primary School, in Hartlepool’s Coniscliffe Road, is looking to demolish the existing detached building and build a new one attached to the main school building.

The scheme, which will cost in the region of £500,000, is recommended to be approved.

The proposed new nursery will link with the existing reception classes and the design will be similar to the existing school building while it is also planned to create a new outside play area for the nursery.

Councillors sitting on Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee will make a decision next week.

The school has 360 children, including 52 youngsters who attend the nursery.

Headteacher Mark Parry said: “We have been pushing for some time for a new foundation stage unit.

“The existing building is past its shelf life and we want to bring the nursery and the reception children together in one unit.

“It is something that has been high on our priority list.

“We are extremely hopeful that it will go through and enable us to carry on with the building.”

The application is to demolish the nursery and build a single storey extension to provide a foundation unit.

A report to the meeting said: “The proposal seeks to demolish the existing detached nursery school building located on the east side of the school building and erect a single storey attached extension on the rear of the existing school building.

“The proposal includes the addition of a new entrance gate, internal fencing to the existing playground and the relocation of the existing nursery canopy to be positioned on the west side of the school.”

Conservative group leader Ray Wells is vice-chair of governors at the school, and also sits on the planning committee.

He will declare an interest and wont be able to vote, but will be able speak in favour of the plans at the meeting.

Coun Wells told the Mail: “I am delighted that after many years of very little spending on West Park Primary School, that the school is finally receiving recognition for its outstanding status within the community.

“The nursery will bring West Park in line with other primary schools in Hartlepool.”

Ahead of the meeting there has been one letter of objection which raised questions about parking and access to the site and that the proposed extension would increase traffic flow.

The application is going before the planning committee because it involves council land and there is an objection to the plans.

The planning committee is due to meet on Wednesday, September 12, at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 10am.