We were delighted recently when Greenleas School in Leighton Buzzard was granted retrospective planning permission for a play canopy on their Kestrel Way site. The large 123m2 canopy comprised of 35mm thick opal polycarbonate roof panels was installed a couple of years ago.
An oversight meant that permission had not been sought prior to construction. Our retrospective application to Central Bedfordshire Council argued that the structure is acceptable in planning policy terms: it aids children with their outdoors learning and supports delivery of the National Curriculum, it has an empathetic design that blends well with the existing school building, and also presents no harm to the neighbouring residential amenity.
Greenleas School happily now has a compliant play canopy for the children to enjoy, and the school also uses it for breakfast and after school clubs.
We have been working on an interesting design scheme for a lower school in the village of Southill in Bedfordshire. The school acquired a plot of land next door and had aspirations to extend the playground to create a new and exciting play area for the children.
PCMS Design was asked to come up with a scheme that included a water feature, sand play, a climbing wall within a rubber crumb ‘ampitheatre’ area and a low mound to be fashioned as a ‘fort’. We have also included some modest structures such as relocation of and extension to a timber shelter and a new timber pergola. Children will have the chance to learn about growing vegetables and flowers too, with the inclusion of a ‘cottage garden’ area with raised beds.
Planning permission was granted by Central Bedfordshire Council recently for the design scheme and change of use of the land to D1 (non-residential institution), giving the green light for the School to make a start on the adventure playground.