PLANNING chiefs have approved proposals for new security fencing at St Gregory’s RC High School, Warrington.
The fencing will be 2.4 metres high, replacing an existing 1.8 metre high boundary fences.
It will cover the entire northern, eastern and southern boundaries of the school groups – but not the western boundary facing Cromwell Avenue, where the main school entrance is.
Nearly 40 nearby residents were consulted about the scheme but only two responded – both expressing concern about the impact on the access to the nearby Peace Centre.
But officers said the principle of the development was acceptable, it would not have an unacceptable impact on the local highway, was in keeping with the character of the area and would not adversely affect nearby residents.
The fencing is required to improve the security of the school grounds and to match existing, uprated fencing on the western boundary.
The borough council’s development management committee was told the proposed fencing would be of a lightweight mesh design which, when viewed from close proximity would be clearly visible but when viewed from a distance became more “see-through.”