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Mayplace Primary School to take 200 more pupils as youth centre replacement plans approved

PUBLISHED: 11:46 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 09 October 2017

Mayplace Primary School

Mayplace Primary School

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The abandoned centre will be replaced with six classrooms

An abandoned youth centre is set to be converted into classrooms to make space for more than 200 primary school pupils.

Mayplace Primary School on Woodside Road already teaches 418 pupils from Reception to Year 6, but plans approved on Wednesday night will see the number of the school’s forms of entry rise from two to three.

Planning councillors unanimously approved proposals to knock down an empty youth centre on the school site and replace it with a two-storey block with six classrooms, a small hall and a learning resource area, to accommodate the expansion in pupils.

Despite the building, formerly used as Crayford and Barnehurst Youth and Community Centre, standing on protected Metropolitan Open Land, the application was backed after councillors agreed the development had exceptional circumstances, as it would help meet the growing demand for primary school places in the area.

Once built, the school will expand its quota by 212 pupils, and the new classrooms are expected to be used on weekends for community activities.

The school’s nursery and reception block will be expanded to create a new classroom and staff room, while it will also have a new entrance built in the north of the site.

The new entrance will be built at the school’s reception using the existing access routes from Woodside Road and Oakwood Drive.

Once built, the extension will host an entrance lobby next to a new reception desk along with an interview room.

One neighbour raised concerns that the height of the building would allow pupils and other visitors to look directly in to his home, which backs on to the school.

Councillors agreed a screen of trees would need to be planted to protect the neighbour’s privacy from the development.

A spokesperson from Bexley council said: “The scheme approved by the Planning Committee will provide much needed extra places for local school children.

“We work hard to keep up with growing demand for school places and to ensure our young people can enjoy good quality modern buildings and play spaces, while doing our best to minimise the impact on local residents and the environment.”

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