Plans have been submitted for an extension to Marshland High School in West Walton which will see a new science block built
Marshland High School is seeking to provide an extension to accommodate a new science block consisting of a classroom, science studio, preparation room, storage and toilets.
The proposal, which has been submitted by Mark Fitzpatrick on behalf of West Norfolk Academies Trust, will see the defective existing mobile classrooms removed and replaced with "well-designed" new class base accommodation.
A planning statement drawn up by the NPS Group explains the plans, which have been submitted to West Norfolk Borough Council, will remove the swimming pool, which has been closed since August 2017 when a fire safety inspection condemned the plant and fire exit facilities.
The statement says it will cost around £155,000 to carry out the necessary repairs so the pool could be re-opened. It adds at the time of the closure the pool had "very little" community use and since the pool closed Marshland pupils have used alternative swimming facilities.
The proposal will not result in an increase in pupil numbers and staff number, as the new buildings are effectively to replace existing modular accommodation.
The statement continues to explain the plans have been designed to prevent any impact on open space or school playing fields and Sport England, who will normally object to proposals that result in lost sporting facilities, are satisfied the new development could meet its exception rules.
Although the proposal would result in the loss of a small area of hard play this will be compensated by the removal of the existing modular buildings where a hard surface would be installed. Grass would be laid on the pool the site.
In its comments on the proposal Sport England says: "With regard to the proposed new extension to the humanities block, this will be sited on an existing hard play area adjacent to the playing field, which does not appear to be marked out for games court use. Sport England would therefore consider this element of the scheme to meet exception E3 of the above policy."
However, it asks for more details on the loss of the pool to determine whether it too could meet the sports body's exception policy.