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Two schools in Bude may merge into one building

Two schools in Bude may merge into one building

Published by Emma Carton at 7:43am 9th October 2018. (Updated at 8:31am 9th October 2018)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Plans to merge and expand the buildings of two schools in north Cornwall into one bigger school look set to be approved.

Bude Primary Federation has applied for planning permission to expand and amalgamate Bude Infant and Junior Schools.

The two schools have already joined forces but now want to connect their buildings while also becoming larger.

Under the plans a new classroom, staff room and other facilities would all be provided across the joined sites of the school.

The school is currently between a two and three-form entry but the new buildings would enable it to become a full three-form entry school for up to 630 children.

Under the application the Bude Primary Federation said that “whilst now conjoined in name and leadership, the school retains a division across the site with multiple duplicated facilities which reduce the school’s practical and
environmental efficiency".

The planning application report, which recommends that the merger and expansion is approved, states:

“This planning application seeks full planning permission for the expansion and reorganisation of the site through new buildings, internal remodelling and extensions to the existing school buildings and external works, including landscaping and parking layout changes.

"A new path around the south western boundary of the site is proposed to provide separate access to the existing nursery and children’s centre which are located within the existing school site".

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Plans have been revealed to merge two schools in Bude into one bigger building and a decision is due next Monday

How will the schools change?

To accommodate the new buildings three modular buildings on the site would be demolished.

A new reception classroom block would be single storey and have a single classroom and toilets and be connected to the main school building by a canopy in the reception playground which would be shared with the existing reception classroom.

Another new building would be home to three Year 2 classrooms which would be linked to the existing infant school.

A new L-shaped classroom would have three Year 6 classrooms and one Year 5 classroom along with a practical room, store rooms and toilets. It would be to the south of the main junior school building.

A rectangular single-storey building will have a staff room, reprographic room, shower and toilets and would be linked to the infant school building with a canopy.

There are also a number of changes to the existing buildings including the expansion of the school hall. An informal car park is also set to be resurfaced and provide an additional 24 parking spaces.

The applicants said that a public consultation on the plans had attracted positive feedback with the only concerns being around parking around the site.

Cornwall Council’s east sub-area planning committee is set to make a decision on the plans when it meets in Bodmin next Monday.

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