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