New library and IT suite to be built at Sunderland school

Proposals for a new IT and library suite at a Sunderland school have been given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 12:05 pm

Earlier in January, plans were lodged for a single-storey extension at Northern Saints Primary School on Rotherham Road.

The new building is earmarked for an existing playground area and will link the school’s administration suite and east and west wings to provide new learning facilities.

Following consultation, Sunderland City Council’s planning authority approved the extension on Monday, July 13.

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Northern Saints Primary School

According to planning documents, no increase in staff or pupil numbers is expected as a result of the plans.

A council decision report reads: “The extension is considered to be a small addition which will infill an area which is surrounded by buildings, it is set back behind the existing elevations and as such would be subordinate to the existing premises.

“The proposal is therefore considered to be of an acceptable size, design and in keeping with the character of the existing premises and considered acceptable within the street scene.”

Northern Saints Primary School was formerly known as Hylton Red House Primary School before becoming a voluntary aided Church of England school.

Under planning conditions, plans for the new IT and library suite must be brought forward within the next three years.

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