Planning Permission Granted for Dolphin Primary School

aerial dolphinThe South and East Development Control Committee (Planning) yesterday resolved to grant planning permission for a new 2 Form Entry 420 place primary school on the site of the Fowler’s Engineering Works, located at 25a Bath Buildings, Montpelier. Fowlers will now relocate to a new site in the City. The new Dolphin Primary School will replace the existing school which currently only provides facilities for 90 pupils in part of the adjacent Colston’s Girls’ School at 174 Cheltenham Road.

A legal agreement to be attached to the planning permission, which now needs to be signed, will deliver a range of road and pedestrian safety measures locally, the final details of which first need to be agreed with planning and highway officers.

Erica Draisey of CGS Trust, the applicants for the new Dolphin School commented after the committee meeting: “naturally we are delighted with the outcome, as this decision should enable us to build a sustainable and innovative primary school in the heart of the City. Our priority now is to sign up to the legal agreement. Thereafter we intend to consult further with the local community over the provisions and management aims of the School Travel Plan, whose intention will be to introduce a range of measures to encourage pupils and their parents to walk, scooter or cycle to Dolphin School”

The Dolphin School is a local School in that currently 80% of the children live within 1 mile of the proposed new building, 42% of the children are from an ethnic minority background and the School has forged partnerships with the local business community and the neighbouring health centre.

For 2015 admissions the Area of First Priority has been extended south of the school and the most northern extremity has been removed. The revised policy reflects the current distribution of children attending the school covering an area of identified need for future primary places as identified by the Bristol City Council, and importantly children who live closest to the School. This will mean the vast majority of the pupils will get to school on foot or by scooter.

The £6m scheme for the new school includes play areas and spaces for outdoor learning on the roof of the school, as well as a central courtyard playground. Children will enjoy a woodland walk and will share the grass pitches and multi-use games area at the secondary school site. The proposed buildings, three storeys high in places, are brick at the lower level and rendered above, and their design has strong green credentials. The Trust has adapted its plans for the development after listening to the concerns of neighbours and parents.

Ms Draisey said the Trust’s high quality, inclusive schools offer exceptional learning opportunities for pupils and their families and allows each learning community to develop a distinctive identity relevant to its neighbourhood.

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