School plan for new sports hall hits opposition - again

Upgrade: More plans for a new sports hall at All Hallows have been submitted
Upgrade: More plans for a new sports hall at All Hallows have been submitted
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A school could be on a collision course with neighbours for the third time in four years over its plans for a new sports hall.

All Hallows RC High in Penwortham has asked councillors to consider a revised scheme, even though the idea was given the go-ahead two years ago in the face of local opposition.

And already objections have been raised by two residents claiming the new building will be too big and will impact on adjacent houses with an increase in noise and the loss of privacy and sunlight.

The proposed upgrade of sports facilities at the 40-year-old school has been a thorny issue since an original application was submitted in 2010.

That was withdrawn after complaints from neighbours and an alternative plan was lodged in January 2012. That scheme for a new sports hall on playing fields at the back of the school was passed by South Ribble Council even though 25 objections were raised and the local town council opposed it too.

But now a revised application has gone in with architects Cassidy and Ashton saying the school had reconsidered its plans and now wanted to site the building on part of its outdated all-weather pitch. The remainder of the pitch would be upgraded when funding was available.

“Improved facilities in a modern sports hall would enable the school to offer a wider and more diverse range of activities to all pupils throughout the year,” says the school in its planning statement.

“The existing sports hall is extremely dated, having been built about 30 years ago and now fails to satisfy the requisite Sport England requirements. This means that physical education standards do not fulfil the potential of the pupils.”