Raglan school plan to go back to councillors

Free Press Series: Raglan school plan to go back to councillors Raglan school plan to go back to councillors

THE plan to build a new multi-million pound primary school in Raglan will be heard by Monmouthshire council’s planning committee next week.

The authority plans to build the new school, which would provide places for 210 pupils, as part of its 21st Century Schools programme on the Brooks Holding site off Station Road.

The new school would provide places for 210 pupils – but its infant and junior buildings will be used until it has been completed on land to the east of Barton Brook.

As part of the 21st Century Schools programme, primary schools are encouraged to educate all their pupils under one roof.

Costs of £4.5 million would be met equally by Monmouthshire council and the Welsh Government.

Originally passed by the committee last November, the plan has been taken back there because of a discrepancy between the boundary of the site approved last year and the one that would be required.

If the plan is passed for a second time, the old infant school building will be demolished and surrounding land will be developed for a car park.

The junior school building will be handed over to the council’s estates department.

The council has said previously that the replacement school will offer a standard of facilities similar to those at Caldicot’s Dewstow Primary School.

Plans for the new building was originally unveiled at a council meeting in June 2013.

And as part of the council’s consultation, seven representations were received.

A resident said they were concerned over the volume of traffic using Station Road, while another said the building should be moved further south to allow tree planting and landscaping to limit noise and give neighbours more privacy.

Currently the school’s buildings suffer poor energy and high maintenance levels.

There are limitations over access comfort levels, light levels and ventilation and this is reflected in the county’s condition survey records which indicate Raglan is among the six schools that fall into the lowest category.

The council said the new car park has been designed with its highways department and only car parking for staff, visitors and disabled people would be accessed from Station Road.

And a modified priority junction would be installed off Chepstow Road for the car park and for traffic calming measures.

A 20 miles per hour zone would be introduced along the road running alongside the school.

The planning committee will meet on Tuesday.

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