Coventry & Warwickshire

Whitmore Park school rebuild plans are approved

Plans for the first of six Coventry schools to be rebuilt under a government scheme have been approved by a city council.

The proposal to demolish Whitmore Park Primary School, in Halford Lane, was passed at a meeting on Thursday.

The work is to be funded by the £2.4bn Priority School Building Programme.

A seventh school is to undergo privately-funded renovations after plans for the six are finalised, a spokesman said.

Planning officers recommended the building was replaced with a two-storey building to the rear of the existing single-storey school.

Rebuilt or renovated

The council said although parking spaces and green space would increase, no increase in pupil numbers was planned.

A total of four primary schools in Coventry, including Richard Lee, Wyken Croft and St Thomas More, are due to be rebuilt or renovated under the Department for Education project.

Secondary schools Ernesford Grange Community School and Alice Stevens Special School are also to benefit under the scheme, with President Kennedy School to undergo privately-funded renovations later, a spokesman said.

Schools in Durham, Gateshead, Sheffield, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland and East Riding are also to be renovated.

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