Campaigners lose battle to stop PS3m school rebuild.
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PLANS to bulldoze a Stockport primary school and build a PS3m replacement have been approved - despite neighbours' objections.
The council received 45 letters opposing the redevelopment of St John's C of E in Heaton Mersey, and campaigners staged demonstrations against the plans.
They called for the school, on Poplar Street, to be repaired rather than demolished, and raised concerns about the size and scale of the new proposed new facility.
Residents argued it would harm the nearby conservation area - in particular the loss of trees - and cited health and safety issues relating to roads.
But the council also received 193 letters from supporters backing the plan. Campaigners said St John's has an excellent reputation but 'is not structurally fit for purpose' and 'one of the most dilapidated in the country."
Members of the Stockport council's planning and highways regeneration committee debated the application on Thursday.
Coun John Taylor, in response to concerns about felling of trees and hedges, said: "The actual amount of trees on site at the moment is not great. However, I believe it would be feasible to have more on site when the build is completed."
Blueprints show the new building, paid for by the government's Education and Skills Funding Agency, will provide a practical room to be used for 'food tech', science and a beforeand-after-school club.
First-floor junior classrooms will be located alongside a library, 'group rooms' and a staffroom. On the ground floor will be the reception, an office, interview room, the main hall, a kitchen and storage.
Access to the school will remain via Poplar Street, and a new 17-space car park will be provided.
And pupils will have access to new play areas.
A report also stated the old school would not be demolished until the new unit has been completed. ? For more information visit planning. stockport.gov.uk and enter reference DC/069194.
The St John's Primary School building was said to be 'one of the most dilapidated in the country'