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Concerns raised over parking following plans for new school in north of the borough

Conditional approval has been given for plans to build a new state-of-the-art school for over 500 pupils in the north of the borough

Solihull Council
Solihull Council

Conditional  approval has been given for plans to build a new state-of-the-art school for over 500 pupils in the north of the borough.

Coleshill Heath Primary would replace the former Alcott Hall Junior and Infant School and be built on open space in Lime Grove, Chelmsley Wood.

At last week’s planning meeting, concerns were raised over how the new primary - which would have double the number of pupils than the previous school - would affect parking in nearby streets.

Those living in Walnut Close and Hatchford Walk say parking in their own streets will become difficult, especially during times when the pupils will be dropped off and picked up at the school.

Stephen Keightley, of Jacobs - the agent acting on behalf of Solihull Council - argued that there had been extensive consultation with residents and he would be willing to further work with locals to iron out any concerns over parking provision.

Mr Keightley said he envisages a lot of children walking to school due to the ease of access from residential areas to the school.

Coun John Windmill (Lib Dem, Olton) said a more extensive traffic plan to tackle the issue needs to be drawn up before the application goes ahead.

Fellow members agreed that the travel plan put in place to address concerns over traffic and parking should be further updated.

 

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