Beverley school gets go-ahead for new £5.7m development
A computer generated aerial view of how Longcroft School's extended complex would look
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Nov 2018
A £5.7m scheme to unify Beverley’s biggest secondary school on one site has been given the go-ahead.
Longcroft School, which has split sites in the north of the town, will be brought together at the upper school complex, in Burton Road.
The lower school site, in Church Road, has been earmarked by East Riding Council as a potential site for 68 new homes and is expected to go on the market for £3m.
East Riding Council has approved planning permission for the new development at Longcroft, where a student’s video of “disgusting” toilets made headlines in July.
Work will start on the new extension at the Beverley secondary's upper school site in January, for completion in October 2019.
Longcroft School's lower school site is expected to be sold off for housing
East Riding ward Councillor Denis Healy said: “I welcome this much needed investment in Longcroft School.
“Our young people deserve world class education facilities, and this is an exciting new chapter in Longcroft’s history.
“I know that pupils, staff and parents are looking forward to moving into the new facility.
“At the same time, residents still have concerns about the continuing pace of development in the town, and when the old lower school site is developed we want to see infrastructure and amenities created for the community, and not just a relentless focus on house building.
A computer generated impression of how the new building would look
“The cadets and scouts who also occupy the site are looking for new homes, and I do hope they the council does all it can to help our community groups.”
Ward Councillor Bryan Pearson, who chaired the eastern area planning sub-committee which approved the plans, said afterwards: "This is exactly what's needed at Longcroft."
The council has said it will hand £1.5m of the expected £3m sell-off proceeds from the lower school site to Longcroft to help equip the new development at the school, which has more than 1,000 pupils.
The council will advance £100,000 to Longcroft ahead of the lower school site sale to help with work at the secondary, where original buildings date back to 1951.
Beverley Longcroft School is to get a £5.7m extension
Consolidation at the upper school complex is expected to cut the costs of running split sites at the secondary.
Longcroft School's headteacher Ian O’Donnell said: "We’re delighted that planning consent has been given and thank all of the professionals we have worked with at the ESFA, Henry Boot and the Local Authority who have helped to make this happen.
“We look forward, with great anticipation, to taking ownership of our new building and its fantastic facilities."
The development will be centrally located within the upper school complex and will involve the construction of a two and three-storey link extension.
The scheme also includes a new section of internal road and a replacement parking area to mitigate that which will be lost at the lower school.
If the building work is completed on schedule, pupils will transfer from the lower school to the extended upper school site next October.