11 July 2014

The planning application for a new school on the site of the Barrack Road sorting office can now be viewed online.

A 42-page design and access statement was submitted with the planning application, which sets out how the conversion of the derelict building could benefit the whole conservation area.

The proposals

The application by Northamptonshire County Council is to convert the building and its site to provide a 420 place primary school, 1500 place secondary school with 300-place sixth form, as well as a private nursery, cafe, gym and seven residential units.

It also includes proposals for the introduction of a public plaza at the front of the building creating a public space that serves not only the new facilities in the converted building but also improves the environment for the local community.

Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “We carried out a public consultation at the start of the project so that local views could influence the designs and plans. While there was a lot of support for an educational use for the building, we know that residents and businesses had concerns about whether there’d be enough parking and the impact of parents dropping students off in cars.

“In response, the initial designs were amended with an increased allowance for on-site parking spaces and the proposed drop-off areas have been enlarged to ensure parents and carers can drive onto the school site to pick-up or drop-off their children and will not stop on the public highway.

“The proposed new pedestrian site access to the north has been relocated to mitigate the concerns of residents in Alliston Gardens about increased pedestrian and vehicular movement.

“Hopefully, the response to the feedback will have addressed the issues raised during the consultation but it’s really important that people take the opportunity to have a look at the planning application.”

The building has been bought by the government's Education Funding Agency for development as a secondary school, with the county council project managing the conversion.

Consultation relating to the planning application runs until Thursday 24 July.

For more information

The full planning application can be viewed on the planning pages of our website.

In addition, a meeting of the council’s cabinet next week is due to discuss the conversion project and the papers relating to that can be found on the democracy section of our website.