SPRINGSIDE Primary’s plans to extend its nursery to help cope with increased early years provision have been approved.

Plans were submitted to build an extension to its early years nursery, which will include a new play area with canopy – with children entitled to receive 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare per year from August 2020.

The school plans to relocate the existing nursery into another area of the school with a new purposed built extension.

This will allow for the existing space to be given back to the school for use and create a new, clear and separate entrance to the nursery.

There will also be new toilets and a new secure cloakroom – with the nursery children currently sharing with pupils. Plans also include a new dedicated outdoor secure play area and a covered outdoor play canopy space.

There will also be a new room to be used as a GP, lunch and parent’s room near the new entrance.

Planning documents state: “Through internal alterations and a new extension it will mean necessary nursery accommodation is provided.”

“It is considered that the proposed site, to the west of the school building, would be suitable for the proposed development. Springside Primary School is a 1970s building that has largely retained its original design concept over the years. Nursery accommodation is provided within the building which now requires additional floorspace to meet the required additional hours.

“The proposed design would be acceptable, and would complement the original mono-pitched roof design whilst making use of modern, sustainable materials. The extension would be visible from Garrier Road and from the nearby bowling green, and would make a positive addition to the facilities at Springside.”