The Secretary of State for Education has just announced the granting of permission for part of a school playing field in Caddington near Dunstable to be set aside for construction, so that a pre-school building can be built. A new pre-school is required partly to fulfil the government’s objective to create enough nursery places for every 2-3 year old child, and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School was earmarked as an ideal location.
St Mary’s in Caddington is located on a large educational campus and the governors, in conjunction with Early Year’s officers from Central Bedfordshire Council and the Catholic Diocese of Northampton, are seeking to build a new single storey pre-school within the grounds. A site was identified to the rear of the existing buildings close to the existing nursery class, but a small section of playing field was needed in order to deliver the internal floor space required, together with outside play areas.
PCMS Design demonstrated that the existing pitches could still provide sufficient space for physical education and sporting opportunities for school pupils. Because this meant that there would be minimal impact upon school activities, there was a strong case for the pre-school based upon the needs of early year’s education in the surrounding area, and Department for Education chiefs granted the change of use.
Construction works are due to begin in the next few weeks.
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