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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Carlisle school to display plans for extension

An exhibition to show the plans for an extension to a Carlisle school will be held next month before planning permission is sought.

Parents and residents will have the chance to see the plans for Kingmoor Nursery, Infant and Junior Schools in Lowry Hill.

The plans for the nursery and infants school would see two extra classrooms built plus internal alterations to increase the number of pupils accommodated from 180 to 225. The junior school would also see two extra classrooms built – increasing its capacity from 240 to 300 places.

Cumbria County Council approved proposals earlier this year to expand the capacity of the schools to meet increasing demand for places.

The event will take place in the school hall at Kingmoor Junior School on Monday, December 3 from 3.45pm to 6pm.

At 6pm there will be a presentation from the project architects, Architects Plus and Capita Symonds.

Councillor Stewart Young, deputy leader of Cumbria County Council and cabinet member for property, said: “I know many parents and local residents will want to see what is being proposed and I’m glad that we can provide this opportunity before we submit a planning application. I would hope that any concerns people may have can be raised and dealt with before we make the formal planning submission.”

A proposal to merge the two schools was dropped earlier this year and instead it was decided that they will expand but remain separate.

Pressure for places was put on the Kingmoor schools following the closure of Belah School.

Councillor Duncan Fairbairn told councillors in January that the plans had largely been welcomed by parents and “only a very small minority” favoured amalgamation.

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