Plans revealed for larger Greenfield Primary School

DETAILED plans for a new Greenfield Primary School are printed here for the first time by the Independent after the green light was given to the planning applications.

After years of delays, a new school is expected to rise from the current playing fields by September 2019, with the old school site then demolished to form new playing fields.

The larger school will allow for a gradual increase of 30 pupils a year – eventually going from 210 to 420 – plus the introduction of 40 extra nursery places.

The plans for the new Greenfield Primary School

Last month, school headmaster Mike Wood welcomed the news of the planning application approval and said multi-million-pound building will also be available for community use.

“It will be a massive boost for the area but it will allow us to provide an outstanding education for more children for many years in a modern up to date environment,” he said.

“With new facilities it means we will go from strength to strength.”

And Cllr John McCann, who represents Saddleworth South on OMBC, welcomed the decision after campaigning for the development for five years.

“The present 100-year-old school building is no longer fit for purpose and the chance must be taken to provide a new school so staff can maintain the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating,” he said.

“For over five years local parents have had difficulty in obtaining places in local primary schools and I have tried to help parents seeking a place at Shaw Street for their children.

“There is a long-standing shortage of places and this is becoming worse as more houses are built and would become desperate once the GMSF housing proposals are implemented.

“It is a fact that 82 per-cent of pupils come from less than 1 kilometre from the school, so hordes of ‘outside or non local’ children will not be arriving.

“OMBC does not have any responsibility to provide school places for Tameside children and other authorities cannot expect to use Saddleworth schools for children in their new builds.

“There will be increased traffic as the numbers slowly increase; it is a slow build up in pupil numbers, not a massive sudden influx.

A pelican crossing will be provided on Chew Valley Road near Shaw Street as part of a school safety scheme.

As the planning application went before Oldham in February there were calls from Saddleworth Parish councillor Neil Allsopp to explore an alternative site at the end of Wellington Road, adjacent to the current Satellite Centre.

However Cllr McCann explained: “The Churchill playing fields is a Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Playing Field in Perpetuity so cannot be used for building – plus of course it is a major flood plain site.”

He concluded: “I hope people realise we are talking about the future education of our children and that they are the priority.”

Opposition groups have complained the larger school will create increased traffic and safety risks in an area that has flooded in recent years.

See the full plans for the new Greenfield Primary School online: http://planningpa.oldham.gov.uk

2 Replies to “Plans revealed for larger Greenfield Primary School”

  1. Cllr John McCann must know that his statement ““It is a fact that 82 per-cent of pupils come from less than 1 kilometre from the school, so hordes of ‘outside or non local’ children will not be arriving.” is incorrect at best, and purposely untruthful at worse. If he had read the commissioned reports (paid for by OMBC council tax payers), which as a local Councillor he should have read, he would know that currently 83 pupils (NOT 82%) walk to school. So how can 82% of the extra intake of 220 children also live within 1km of the school? – unless of course OMBC plan to build a 50 storey residential tower block on the site of the mill beside Tesco. Which actually, with their track record of inefficiency and incompetence, I wouldn’t discount. Sadly the misleading info reiterated here by John McCann was given at the Planning Meeting at which this decision was made.

  2. With OMBC’s track record at Boundary Park where land was swapped to build the Pentagon garage and Brewer Fayre…. surely the field they plan to build the replacement school on could have had a land swap with a portion of the Churchill Playing field after all OMBC are the Managing organisation according to Fields in Trust! That way the Children wouldn’t have to go to far for their PE lessons. And the Old School could have been used to replace the Satellite centre and we would have retained an historic building to help the village retain it’s identity!

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