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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has submitted its plans to extend and improve facilities at Rykneld Primary School in Branston.

The application follows a recent well attended public consultation event that enabled local residents, school users and interested parties to view the proposals, which include the construction of a 2-storey extension, with 10 new classrooms, extra staff and pupil support rooms and a large new sports hall. In addition, the developer will create an all-weather sports pitch, alongside improved hard and soft play areas.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “The public consultation gave people the opportunity to view, and provide feedback, on the plans for the proposed extension to Rykneld Primary School. We were very pleased with the positive response to the proposals

“The plans represent the first phase of the mixed use proposals in the area and will create a vastly improved and modern educational environment for children, increasing capacity at the school from 470 to 630 pupils, once the works are complete.

“We look forward, subject to receiving planning approval, to moving forward with these exciting plans, creating new and improved facilities.”

Gary Staddon, headteacher at Rykneld Primary School, added: “The public consultation provided our parents and pupils, as well as local residents, with the opportunity to view the exciting plans for the proposed school extension. Representatives from St. Modwen were on hand to answer any questions and this really helped to inform and engage those attending the event. We have received plenty of positive comments in relation to the plans and are really looking forward to construction commencing, subject to planning approval.”

County Councillor Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills continued:  “The proposal to enlarge Rykneld Primary School is part of our long-term vision for education in Burton. This latest measure is part of our ambition to create a prosperous Staffordshire where young people can learn, grow and make a significant contribution to the success of the area.”