Project Ref: 2848
Published: 20th March 2018
Use of school premises by external groups
Project BriefOur client was a secondary school and sixth form. The proposal was to make amenities including computer suite, several classrooms and ICT suit open to community groups such as the youth service. The client was frustrated to find that their planning application had been refused amidst concerns that noise and light pollution created by the later opening hours and different uses would disturb the nearby residents. They came to Get Planning and Architecture to appeal against this refusal.
Project OutcomeGet Planning and Architecture reviewed local and national policy and did a thorough survey of the site to establish that there was sufficient distance between the school and its car park and the residential area for noise and light pollution not to be significant. We demonstrated that the school premises were already used in the evenings by school clubs and that therefore the use of the premises at these times would not be a new or detrimental occurrence.
Finally, we highlighted that such community centred schemes were actively encouraged at a local and national level and would be extremely beneficial. Our client was extremely pleased with this result.
We were absolutely delighted with the outcome of the appeal; so we can now get the full benefit of our sixth form wing and our community groups can now meet in the evenings and at weekends at the school.