Samworth building plans set for green light from planners

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new building for Mansfield's Samworth Church Academy are set to be given the go-ahead by councillors on Tuesday.

The school, formerly Sherwood Hall School, plans to move to a state-of-the-art new building at the other side of its current site, but more than 50 residents have signed a petition because of how near it will be to their homes.

Members of Nottinghamshire County Council's planning and licensing committee are expected to approve the proposals at a meeting on Tuesday — after deferring a decision last month so a site visit could be held.

People living to the south of the school's site have also raised concerns about plans to open up a footpath linking the school to Abbey Road for pupils to access the site, fearing it could cause traffic chaos.

But highways bosses have raised no objection to the proposals so planning officers have recommended the development is given the go-ahead.

The planned building would be two and three storeys high in a crescent shape and would join up with the existing sports hall.

The Kier Group has been chosen to construct the building and they plan to complete work by 2010 so staff and pupils can move out of their current out-dated buildings.