Plans to rebuild a fire-hit Leyland school have been given the nod – although a last-minute objection has put a spanner in the works.
South Ribble Council’s planning committee this week voted in favour of the scheme by architectural and planning consultancy practice, Cassidy and Ashton, to redevelop Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College, after it was destroyed by a blaze in September.
The council’s planning officers had recommended the project for the Royal Avenue site be approved, but received an eleventh hour objection from the Environment Agency over flood risk concerns.
They advised that the committee ‘be minded to approve the application’, and the case will now be determined by the chairman of the committee and the council’s planning manager, following further discussions with the Environment Agency.
The plan is to re-build 3,530m² of new buildings to provide new facilities, involve creating new science and technology departments, extended dining areas, car parks and outdoor spaces.
The existing frontage will be enhanced and there will also be a new main entrance, landscaping and two secure courtyard areas for socialising and outdoor teaching.
It is hoped the building work will start this summer, and be complete by September 2015.