A HEADTEACHER has welcomed plans to replace his primary school with a multi-purpose facility.
Rob Hughes said it has taken a long time for development plans at St Mary of the Angels in Little Sutton to get the go-ahead.
The scheme was submitted to borough council planners last year, but then withdrawn in December.
This was to enable further discussions with Sport England, among other bodies, following objections to the rebuilding scheme.
There was the added complication of development work on two nearby sites -flats at Rossmore Road Service Station and two new homes on the car park of the Ellesmere Arms pub - which are used for parking by parents.
However, this New Year, the scheme was re-submitted to the borough council's planning officers.
Applicants The Diocese of Shrewsbury asked to demolish the existing Rossall Grove school and erect a new one, with nursery and learning centre.
They also wanted permission for temporary vehicle access to the corner of the school, at the playing fields in Rossmore Road West.
At their February meeting planners decided to approve both schemes, with a large number of conditions.
These include drawing-up a construction traffic management plan; no reversing out of access and further alterations for deliveries and coaches; retention of parking and disabled spaces; closure of redundant accesses; and assessment of the use of the netball court for parking.
Other conditions relate to approved materials, lighting, landscaping including keeping the boundary hedge, bin storage, cycle facilities, and determining hours of use for outdoor nursery play area.
The new St Mary - formerly known as Pius X11 Primary - is expected to have seven classrooms - a reception class, two for infants and four for juniors - on top of the nursery and learning centre. There will be segregated nursery and infants play areas.
Mr Hughes said: 'We are looking forward to the new building, which will be one of the best of its type in the country. It will be a fantastic facility, and will be replacing an outdated one.
'As we are in a cul-de-sac, we have had problems with parking. There will now be 59 spaces on the site so it should considerably improve parking in the area.
'We'll also have a lot of environmental features at the new school, such as a tank for recycling rainwater.'