School approved despite local amenity concerns

Redevelopment of the cleared site of a former health centre in Birmingham for a 700-place primary school can proceed, the secretary of state has ruled.

The proposal accorded with development plan policy support for high-quality education provision to assist in delivery of the council’s growth agenda. However, the council had concerns over the effect of tree loss and proposed landscaping on the local townscape and the impact of a lack of on-site staff car parking on highway safety.

The council also considered that residential amenity would be harmed by traffic and noise generated by the school. Having regard to the inspector’s detailed assessment of each issue, the secretary of state agreed that the effect on these material considerations did not suggest that the proposal should be rejected.

Inspector: Philip Barber; Hearing

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