Plan for eight new classrooms at Cuckfield primary school

Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children ' Start of Life
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children ' Start of Life

A primary school has unveiled plans to demolish three of its classrooms and build eight more.

An application was submitted to West Sussex County Council’s planning department on behalf of Holy Trinity CE Primary School, in Glebe Road, Cuckfield, on August 28.

If approved, the expansion would enable the school to take in 60 children per year rather than the current 45.

Four temporary classrooms have already been set up at the school to allow lessons to continue as usual should the building work be given the go-ahead.

The application has caused concern at the nearby Cuckfield Medical Practice, which questioned the amount of parking allowed for in the application and the loss of some of the current spaces in its car park.

In a letter to the planning department, a spokesman for the practice said a number of complaints had been made to headteacher Jo Munn regarding parents taking up spaces intended for patients when they dropped off and picked up their children.

The letter concluded: “Our concern is as the school grows and the intake and staffing numbers grow, the parking issue will also grow and up to now the practice’s concerns do not seem to have been addressed anywhere within the plans.”

The issue of parking appeared to be at least partially addressed in a design and access statement from architect Burns Guthrie.

It listed the re-establishment and improvement of the drop-off area for cars within the school grounds.

As well as the classrooms, the expansion would include an extension to the school hall, construction of a music practice room, a sick bay and a lavatory for visitors.

A decision on the application is scheduled to be made by October 24.