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Parking problems resolved at planned new £15 million academy
9:00am Saturday 8th March 2014 in News
A row between two Bradford Council departments which had threatened to scupper plans for a £15 million academy has been settled.
The Council’s education department has submitted an application for a new 1,050-pupil secondary school on playing fields at Fenby Avenue, East Bowling.
But colleagues in its highways department at first said the plans were unsuitable and refused to back the plan.
Its first report pointed out that one part of the application said there would be 88 parking spaces on site, another part says that figure would be 70 and yet another said 93.
It said one way of avoiding traffic jams at school pick-up time would be to stagger the start and end of the school day so it did not clash with neighbouring Lower Fields Primary School.
But the report said: “I have not come across any documentation that would suggest that this is to be the case.”
Now the traffic plan for the school has been tweaked and the highways department says it is much happier.
There are to be 93 parking spaces and the two schools’ start and finish times will be staggered, engineers have confirmed.
The plan is now recommended for approval when it goes before councillors next week, despite objections from two locals.
Although the plan has been submitted by Bradford Council, it has chosen the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust to run the academy.
Trust chairman, the Ven Dr David Lee, said: “We understand there are one or two residents who are a bit wary but the consultation hasn’t drawn a lot of objections.
“We are very encouraged. We think the Council have been brilliant as a local authority. They have worked really hard to listen to the people in the area and to us.
“We came in when some of the drawings had been semi-finalised. For some of the things we spotted, the Council have very patiently helped us incorporate changes and improvements before the final thing is submitted. It’s a great example of working together.”
It is hoped the academy for children aged 11 to 16 will open by September 2015. The new school is planned for the playing fields of the Lower Fields Primary School, and the primary school would be given new playing fields to the north.
The plan will be considered at a meeting of the Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday at City Hall.
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