A PRIMARY school with an ‘inadequate amount of space’ is set to be extended.

Plans will go before Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee on Thursday at the Town Hall.

These seek permission for a new infill extension to the east side of the building within an existing alcove at Park Road Community Primary School, according to applicant Omega Multi-Academy Trust.

A report prepared in advance of the meeting by planning officers states that the application is recommended to be approved.

The single-storey build at the Great Sankey school, on Wroxham Road, is proposed to be an open-plan room creating a link with the existing external lobby door adjacent.

The designated use of the area is to provide additional breakout space, as well as providing additional teaching related area for the adjacent classrooms.

The school has not previously been extended and appears to be in its original form, dating back to the late 1960s or early 1970s.

The school has academy status and the land is leased from the council on a 125-year basis, which is why the scheme has been called before councillors.

Plans state: “There would be no increase in pupil numbers as a result of the proposal.”

They go on to say: “The extension is required due to the inadequate amount breakout spaces. The use of the site remains educational.”

The site of the proposed extension is located east of the school building close to the main car park and adjacent play areas.

The area is mainly comprised of tarmac, grassed areas and paving flags.

If approved, the extension will provide an additional internal floor area of 25.6 square-metres.

Plans add: “In addition to the main building, localised making good of the existing tarmac surfaces and surrounding site will be required following construction of the new extension.

“Access to the overall building will remain as existing, through the main reception and other parts of the school in line with the school’s access policies.

“A set of double doors will accommodate entry and exit to the external paved areas adjacent, with a new internal access door that will provide access from within the school.”

If given the green light, the scheme is intended to start during school holidays.

One neighbour expressed concern that the proposed extension would be to accommodate another classroom, with a resultant increase in pupil numbers and parking issues.

In recommending approval, planning officers said: “The proposal to extend an existing school is acceptable in terms of scale, design and appearance.

“It will not have any unacceptable impact on the character of the area or the amenities of nearby residential occupiers, and would not adversely affect the highway network.

“The application is recommended for approval subject to conditions.”