PLANNING chiefs have approved proposals for major changes at a Burton School – despite strong opposition from parish council chiefs.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has given the green light to the building of a multi-games area and the resurfacing of a car park at Violet Way Academy, in Violet Way, Stapenhill.
This comes despite Brizlincote Parish Council formally objecting to plans proposed by bosses at the school.
Councillors voted three to one to oppose the proposals due to fears over the impact that the plans could have on current parking related problems in the area.
The parish revealed the grounds for objection were “that the loss of parking spaces would have a detrimental effect on the immediate community”.
However, the concern of council chiefs was overlooked after planners at East Staffordshire Borough Council decided to approve the application.
In a report to the council’s planning committee, planning officers stated: “The new build will service the school’s existing sports needs and therefore not give rise to any new parking demand.
“However, the siting of this facility is such that 11 existing off street car parking spaces will be lost.
“The existing overflow parking area is unmarked and therefore has no designated capacity.
“They new layout will allow for 23 official bays to be provided, while seven spaces will remain within the existing area, securing an overall provision of 30 spaces.
“The parking facilities will be solely used by staff and visitors to the site and not by parents for the collecting and dropping off of children.
“The council’s parking standards document advises that new parking for a school is only required if it is to accept new pupils.”
Council planners approved the plans but ordered school chiefs to put in 1 metre high chestnut fencing and ensure that the site is only used between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday.
The school has three years to complete the project before planning consent lapses.
Parking has been a bone of contention for several years in the area.
Parish, borough and county councillors have long been working to try to put an end to the problem.