PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have given the go-ahead for extensions to the Upper School building at Bridgewater High School – despite objections from nearby residents.
Eight householders had opposed the scheme – which involves the demolition of part of the existing Upper School – on the grounds of increased noise, traffic congestion and anti-social behaviour.
The proposal is to enable to relocate 300 Year 9 pupils from the Lower School site to be taught at the Upper School from September 2022.
There would be no immediate increase in the number of pupils from 2023 the annual intake of Year 7 at the Lower School would increase by 60.
By 2027, the Upper School will be accommodating 1080 while the Lower School would have reduced its capacity to 720.
Full-time staff would increase by 38.
Officers recommended the scheme by approved. They said the extensions would provide additional teaching space to relieve pressure on the Lower School in advance of an increase in pupils in 2023.
They argued that the proposals would not worsen highway safety nor damage the character and appearance of the area.