A NEW pavilion and dining area could be coming to Ribble Valley school if plans are given the green-light.

Sunderland Peacock Architects have submitted an application to transform part of the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School site off Chatburn Road with a new single storey pavilion.

If approved it will create new internal and external dining space at the school.

In the Design and Access statement submitted to Ribble Valley Council, the developers said: "Currently the courtyard is

designated breakout space.

"The proposed new building will provide the school with additional internal dining space as well as covered and open external seating or dining space.

"The existing courtyard does not provide any covered seating so is unlikely to see use in unfavourable weather conditions.

"The roof will cantilever out to form overhangs to all sides which will provide cover to the ramps, some external seating and the waiting area outside the existing serving hatch where children que to collect their lunch orders.

"Uncovered external seating will also be provided in the form of fixed benching and loose benches and tables.

"The scale of the development is in accordance with the current site uses and surrounding structures and uses.

"The existing buildings forming the courtyard are two storeys with flat roofs.

"The proposed building will sit lower (than) the surrounding buildings."

The new pavilion will have grey powder coated aluminium glazing and the full height glazed walls will bring the internal and external spaces together.

The scheme will see three trees in the courtyard removed.

In the statement to council chiefs it said: "An arboricultural constraints appraisal has been carried out, it found two of the trees to be of poor quality and one of moderate quality.

"The benefit of the proposed scheme to the school outweighs the loss of the existing trees.

"Soft landscaping has been incorporated in the proposals in the form of built in planters and beds."

The ramps on the site are being repositioned to improve disabled access between buildings.