Plans for a new primary school in Newbury have been given the go ahead, despite concerns about access being raised beforehand.
West Berkshire Council’s western area planning committee approved the proposals at its meeting last Wednesday, which will see the school built to the south of Newbury College.
The application was put in by the council to address the shortfall of primary school places in the town.
This school, to be called Highwood Copse, would provide space for up to 210 pupils as well as a 26-place nursery.
And Paul Bryant, vice chairman of the planning committee, said the need for the school in southern Newbury outweighed the access issues.
He said: “There was a lot of chit chat around it with this, that and the other, but there were no serious objections to it.
“There were a few worries over the road and parking on the college site, and whether we could get a pedestrian crossing in Monks Lane near the entrance of the college.
“I think some of the work is outside the competence of that particular application, so all in all I think that went pretty well.”
The Newbury Society and Greenham Parish Council had both objected to the plans, saying that it was the “wrong place” for the school to be built.
During construction and the first two years the school is open, it would be accessed from the college, before a dedicated entrance road from the A339 is built.
These plans led to concerns being raised about the extra traffic on the Monks Lane roundabout, and how children would cross the busy road to get to school.
Cllr Bryant added: “Since the final design of the road there is still a bit fluid, it’s very difficult to put any conditions on what’s going to go there.
“It’s not certain whether there’s going to be a roundabout or a lit junction. Certainly if there’s a lit junction, there will be the advantage that it could be pedestrian phased and easy to achieve.
“I’ve got a feeling it will be a lit junction, it makes more sense I think and won’t take up so much space.”
Cllr Bryant also confirmed the new school will have sprinklers fitted in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.