Welwyn Garden City school's development plan ignites parking concerns

PUBLISHED: 11:42 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 06 September 2017

Kirklands in Welwyn Garden City.
Picture: Google Street View

Kirklands in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View

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A planning application for development at a Welwyn Garden City school has been given the go ahead.

Debbie Shirley applied for planning permission on behalf of Homerswood Primary and Nursery School, in Kirklands, for a side extension by infilling existing buildings.

The proposal was given the go ahead by Welwyn Hatfield Council this month.

The council noted: “The proposed extension would increase the size of the existing staff room.

“It would not increase the number of pupils or staff, therefore, would have no effect on journeys to the school, modes of transport or parking.

“No changes are proposed to the existing car park or access arrangements.”

Although residents were not concerned with the extension itself, they did write to the council to raise concerns about the parking situation.

Kirklands resident Matthew Harding wrote: “I do not object to the proposed extension but I do believe that considerable extra parking should be created on site.

“There is already nowhere near enough parking on the school site for all the staff that work at the school and the pre-school/nursery.

“Cars belonging to the staff are parked all along Kirklands, the road outside the school, throughout the school day.

“At the time the extension work is carried out, considerable extra parking should be created on site.

“The road should not be treated as a car park for the school throughout the day, which can make it difficult for local residents who support and live with the school.

“It is fair and right that appropriate staff parking is created on site for those that work at the school.”

Another Kirklands resident wrote: “We live directly opposite the school and while we have no objection to the planned extension itself, we are seriously concerned about the parking in this part of the street.

“After previous extensions, many staff began to park their cars in the street all day.

“We fear that the additional teaching space would mean more staff and more cars.

“We feel the proposed development should include more car parking space.”

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