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LLANHARAN SCHOOL: Plans to turn swimming pool into childcare facility

LLANHARAN SCHOOL: Plans to turn swimming pool into childcare facility

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There are plans to turn a swimming pool into a childcare facility at a primary school in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A planning application and application for listed building consent will go before the council’s planning committee on Thursday, February 25 in relation to the plans for Dolau Primary School in Llanharan.

The application which is being made by the council would see the internal conversion of an area within Dolau Primary and Infants School to a childcare facility.

The area currently houses an infrequently used swimming pool, its associated plant and changing rooms.

The application would provide 40 dual language, early years childcare spaces.

The plans include the removal of the existing pool enclosure and the making good of the floor, the creation of an open-plan play area including a sink/base unit enclosure, the removal of existing 1920s and 1970s partitions to the male and female changing areas, toilets and boiler room, the installation of new internal partitions to create a nappy change area, children’s toilet, kitchen and store, staff toilet and cloakroom, the installation of a steel access ramp to the existing northern access point of the school and the installation of a steel access ramp to the existing eastern access point of the school.

The building was designated Grade II Listed status in November 2000 for its
architectural interest as a finely composed Georgian-style school dating from the inter-war period.

In 2009 a new eight classroom teaching block was opened adjacent to the original school building and linked via a covered walkway and the main entrance for Dolau Primary is now via this new block.

There was one response during the public consultation which said that the proposal will “increase traffic demand within the area for both staff and
parents to the detriment of neighbouring residents.”

It also said that the village does not have the infrastructure necessary to accommodate all of the development that is being allowed to happen here.

But planning officers have recommended the committee approves the application, subject to favourable referral of the associated listed building consent application to the Welsh Government planning division.

They said in the planning report: “The proposal would provide additional, dual-language, early years childcare facilities in an area of acknowledged need.

“The works would be within an existing internal area of the school buildings and, as such, would ensure that this currently disused area of the school would be maintained to the same standard as the rest of the school and would also not reduce the existing external learning space at the site or detract from the setting of the listed building.

“The external works that are proposed, the removable installation of two steel
access ramps to facilitate improved access, would be sympathetic, reversible
and consistent with the special historic and architectural importance of the
listed building and would have no adverse impact on its special significance.

“Additionally, the works would have no adverse impact on the amenity of
neighbouring properties, the visual amenity of the area, highway safety
considerations or on statutory protected species.”

Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter

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