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Homes approved despite school fit to bursting

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Road signs in Overseal with signs attached saying "formally known as"..Mark Knight.

Road signs in Overseal with signs attached saying "formally known as"..Mark Knight.

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build six homes in the grounds of a Grade-II Listed building have been approved despite fierce objections.

Overseal Parish Council strongly objected to the application, submitted by Pinehouse Ltd, claiming it was not suitable for the area and that there was no more room at the village’s primary school, in Woodville Road.

There will be four two-storey and two single-storey homes on land to the rear of Overseal Manor stables hall, in Croft Avenue, after South Derbyshire District Council’s planning committee approved the plan last week.

Mark Knight, a member of the parish council said: “The local residents came to a recent parish council meeting to express grave concerns over the plans as they stood. The parish council was in agreement that this application was not an appropriate development for this site.

”The planners apparently claimed that the six family-sized homes would generate only one primary school age child. There are currently 206 places at the school. Overseal school is full.

”The only way to increase that is to make it 412 places. There is one class for each year group so any expansion would mean a doubling in size, or no increase at all. Where do we build what would effectively be a new school?

“Neither I nor the parish council are against sensible development within the village and nor are we against building affordable homes. I am very proud that following consultation with the village, the district council is building 12 council houses in the village, the first to be built in decades.”

In a planning statement from the district council, it said the county education Officer had confirmed that the school had a net capacity of 206 children and a current number on roll of 204, ‘with falling rolls predicted over the next five years’.

It added: “With regard to the current situation within the school itself and its limited resources, this is a matter for Derbyshire County Council as part of its financial obligations and upgrade procedure as and when financial resources allow.”

The applicant will pay £17,000 on education through a Section 106 agreement which provides amenities for communities affected by development.

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