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St Joseph's Catholic Primary needs mobile classrooms to cope with extra pupils

General Views - File Shots.Bishops Stortford.St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. (13978986)
General Views - File Shots.Bishops Stortford.St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. (13978986)

Bishop's Stortford Town Council's planning and development committee has raised no objections to proposals for two temporary classrooms at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.

The provision at the Great Hadham Road school will be a stopgap measure while a new two-storey primary and facilities for up to 420 pupils are built on the 4.45-acre (1.8-hectare) site. Once complete, the existing buildings, dating back to the 1960s, will be demolished.

A statement accompanying the planning application to East Herts Council says: "The need for this temporary accommodation follows delays of the planning process and the need for the school to expand from September 2019 due to increased demand. Once the permanent new school is complete, the mobile classrooms will be removed from the site."

East Herts Council is considering both the plans for the mobile classrooms and the larger application for a new campus to accommodate a one-third increase in pupil capacity, from 45 joining annually to one with 60 in each year group – education authority Herts County Council's preferred size.

The access road to the site will be widened, a coach drop-off and pick-up point will be provided and parking will be increased from 28 to 48 spaces.

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