Nelson £3.5m school agreed at last

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A £3.5 MILLION school in Nelson has been given the green light after a three-year planning battle.

County councillors approved the plans for the new Whitefield Primary School at a meeting yesterday.

Heritage groups including English Heritage and North West Heritage had previously raised objections to the demolition of houses, which would be required to make way for the school.

They had been resolved but last year London-based conservationist group SAVE Britain’s Heritage lodged a protest about the demolition of boarded-up terrace houses in Macleod Street, Appleby Street and Portland Street.

That hurdle was finally overcome in March when the SAVE group’s application for a judicial review was withdrawn.

Last month parents submitted a 250-strong signature urging councillors to make a quick decision on the plans.

County Coun Mohammed Iqbal, who represents the area, said: “I am delighted that this has finally been resolved and that the new Whitefield school will be going ahead. There is a shortage of school places in Nelson and this will be a big help to solve that problem.

"This school will be a big boost to the regeneration of the Whitefield area.”

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County Coun George Adam, who sits on the council’s development control committee, said: “I was more than happy to support this and I am pleased it is now going ahead.

“It should have been half built by now but there have been a lot of delays, heritage groups have complained who don’t know the area. They wanted us to save the houses but they wouldn’t live there themselves.”

It is now hoped the new school could be open by October 2013.

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9:12am Thu 19 Apr 12

swizz says...

I'm amazed it's called Whitefield ;)
I'm amazed it's called Whitefield ;) swizz
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9:42am Thu 19 Apr 12

everywhere is sh1t says...

did anyone doupt this would be given the green light we all know what the parants would be shouting is it cos where b****
did anyone doupt this would be given the green light we all know what the parants would be shouting is it cos where b**** everywhere is sh1t
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10:14am Thu 19 Apr 12

carrman2 says...

Im surprised there a shortage of school places in Nelson , I thought everyone was leaving the area, Whitefield was a nice area in the 60s as I remember
Im surprised there a shortage of school places in Nelson , I thought everyone was leaving the area, Whitefield was a nice area in the 60s as I remember carrman2
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10:48am Thu 19 Apr 12

Izanears says...

A shortage of places?????
This 'new' school is to replace an old building. Better facilities YES, but it can only add a few more places at best.
A shortage of places????? This 'new' school is to replace an old building. Better facilities YES, but it can only add a few more places at best. Izanears
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10:52am Thu 19 Apr 12

adp1988 says...

I recently moved out of Nelson and I certainly don't regret it. It has forgotten its heritage, the mere memory of it remains on a cheap looking printout hung up in the bus station. I'm surprised they haven't extended prayer call radius yet but I'm sure that's next...
I recently moved out of Nelson and I certainly don't regret it. It has forgotten its heritage, the mere memory of it remains on a cheap looking printout hung up in the bus station. I'm surprised they haven't extended prayer call radius yet but I'm sure that's next... adp1988
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2:09pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Rappide says...

@swizz This area is aptly named Whitefield from a historical perspective (I suggest reading up some local history)and there are many other ethnic groups in the area too so there is no need for what could be perceived as a racist statement.

We NEED more school places in the area as it is growing considerably and after an admirable regeneration programme that is still taking place, the area will continue to be populated by a variety of people and cultures. We have Yugoslavians, Scottish, Irish, born and bred Lancashire people, other English,
British Muslims, foreign Muslims, Croatians, Hungarians, Latvians, Italians, Chinese and many more. You could say Whitefields is developing into the cosmopolitan area of the town. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is highly desirable in this multicultural world we now live in.
I moved here about 10 years ago and I must say I feel part of the community who are very friendly and caring of their neighbours which is more than I can say for many areas I have lived in.
@swizz This area is aptly named Whitefield from a historical perspective (I suggest reading up some local history)and there are many other ethnic groups in the area too so there is no need for what could be perceived as a racist statement. We NEED more school places in the area as it is growing considerably and after an admirable regeneration programme that is still taking place, the area will continue to be populated by a variety of people and cultures. We have Yugoslavians, Scottish, Irish, born and bred Lancashire people, other English, British Muslims, foreign Muslims, Croatians, Hungarians, Latvians, Italians, Chinese and many more. You could say Whitefields is developing into the cosmopolitan area of the town. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is highly desirable in this multicultural world we now live in. I moved here about 10 years ago and I must say I feel part of the community who are very friendly and caring of their neighbours which is more than I can say for many areas I have lived in. Rappide
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3:38pm Thu 19 Apr 12

swizz says...

Rappide wrote:
@swizz This area is aptly named Whitefield from a historical perspective (I suggest reading up some local history)and there are many other ethnic groups in the area too so there is no need for what could be perceived as a racist statement.

We NEED more school places in the area as it is growing considerably and after an admirable regeneration programme that is still taking place, the area will continue to be populated by a variety of people and cultures. We have Yugoslavians, Scottish, Irish, born and bred Lancashire people, other English,
British Muslims, foreign Muslims, Croatians, Hungarians, Latvians, Italians, Chinese and many more. You could say Whitefields is developing into the cosmopolitan area of the town. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is highly desirable in this multicultural world we now live in.
I moved here about 10 years ago and I must say I feel part of the community who are very friendly and caring of their neighbours which is more than I can say for many areas I have lived in.
I know the local history Rappide but thanks for the suggestion of reading more. You talk such utter ****. Not even the poles who I work with at Woodheads would move down there. Trot on and carry on posting them lib dem bog rolls ;)
[quote][p][bold]Rappide[/bold] wrote: @swizz This area is aptly named Whitefield from a historical perspective (I suggest reading up some local history)and there are many other ethnic groups in the area too so there is no need for what could be perceived as a racist statement. We NEED more school places in the area as it is growing considerably and after an admirable regeneration programme that is still taking place, the area will continue to be populated by a variety of people and cultures. We have Yugoslavians, Scottish, Irish, born and bred Lancashire people, other English, British Muslims, foreign Muslims, Croatians, Hungarians, Latvians, Italians, Chinese and many more. You could say Whitefields is developing into the cosmopolitan area of the town. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is highly desirable in this multicultural world we now live in. I moved here about 10 years ago and I must say I feel part of the community who are very friendly and caring of their neighbours which is more than I can say for many areas I have lived in.[/p][/quote]I know the local history Rappide but thanks for the suggestion of reading more. You talk such utter ****. Not even the poles who I work with at Woodheads would move down there. Trot on and carry on posting them lib dem bog rolls ;) swizz
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4:49pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Rappide says...

No need for insults is there? Or does that way of communicating reflect your mindset?
No need for insults is there? Or does that way of communicating reflect your mindset? Rappide
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