A multi-million pound project to expand Carlton le Willows Academy in Gedling has been given the green light by councillors.
Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee approved plans for a state-of-the-art expansion project at the Academy in Gedling last night, after Nottinghamshire County Council pledged £10 million to find extra school places.
The proposed architect-designed building will further enhance provision for current Carlton le Willows students while also meeting the need for increased school places in the local community.
Headteacher Craig Weaver said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given the go ahead to realise our vision for Carlton le Willows. The Academy is a well-respected school with a long held reputation for providing excellent education and every year we are heavily overs subscribed. This expansion project will allow us to increase our capacity to meet a growing shortfall in secondary school places in Gedling so that even more children living nearby have a better chance of securing a place at their local school.
“Our plans will integrate our split site, building new and improving on existing facilities so everyone who attends the Academy now, and in the future, can benefit.
“The proposed building, designed by Welham Architects, is of extremely high quality with carefully thought out layout and maximum use of space to ensure we get purpose built facilities at great value for money.”
The building aims to integrate the Academy’s twin-site campus and features extra classrooms, a new entrance, dining area and assembly hall/performance space. Designs also include plans for additional car parking and a new vehicular entry from Burton Road.
There were objections to the latest expansion plans.
Councillor Sam Smith, who represents Trent Valley, including Burton Road and the surrounding streets, on Gedling Borough Council said “Last night, I voted against moving the Carlton Le Willows Academy entrance to Burton Road in Gedling because 52 of my Trent Valley residents objected to the plans.
“The new school car park will be built on the green belt, concreting over football pitches.
“Traffic will increase on Burton Road, which is already congested during peak times. It risks children’s safety as more students will be using Burton Road, where 11 accidents have taken place in the past five years and six at the new entrance site. Compared to one accident on Wood Lane where the current entrance is.
“Extra traffic will block in my Trent Valley Gedling residents on roads surrounding Burton Road.
“Councillor Mike Adams and I will continue to work with residents for better highway measures along Burton Road, to reduce traffic queues, prevent parking problems on roads surrounding Burton Road and improve safety for pedestrians.
“We do, however, welcome additional school places being created at the outstanding Carlton le Willows Academy.”
Now planning consent has been granted, a tender process will be carried out prior to building work starting in late summer 2021.
The aim is for the expansion to be ready for a new intake of students in September 2022.