A YORK school is proposing to create new all-weather sports facilities and new parking on an existing sports field.
St Peter’s School – the fourth oldest school in the world, founded by St Paulinus of York in AD 627 – has launched a public consultation on plans for the southern end of the school site, accessible from Westminster Road .
A spokesperson said the new facilities would include outdoor hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts, cricket nets and storage areas, with artificial turf replacing grass, which would be used both by the school and the local community.
“This program offers the opportunity to strengthen partnerships with sports groups and ensure that our improved facilities are more accessible to the whole community,” he said.
“Access will be from an improved entrance off Westminster Road and the proposals also include dedicated coach parking, visitor parking and drop-off areas for parents, which will help alleviate problems current traffic patterns around the site.
“A landscaping program is also included to promote biodiversity on the site.”
He said a new 67-space car park was proposed to help ease current traffic and congestion issues for people entering and leaving the site, and would include four accessible spaces and six electric vehicle charging spaces. .
He said the proposals would address queues on Westminster Road, The Avenue and Queen Annes Road, due to a lack of parking capacity on the school site, and that a new drop-off point and collection dedicated to students has been proposed to meet current needs. capacity issues.
New access for emergency vehicles has also been included in the plans, as emergency vehicles are currently struggling to enter the school site via Queen Annes Road and North Parade.
Chief Master Jeremy Walker said he would appreciate community feedback on the draft plans.
“This project aims to increase on-site parking capacity to reduce traffic congestion on nearby roads,” he said.
“These plans will also improve access for emergency vehicles, a key priority for the school.
“This project would improve our athletic facilities to increase student participation and provide new opportunities for community use.
“We are proud to have hosted community sports clubs in our facilities and this program can help us expand that further.
“We hope as many people as possible will join us for this public consultation which will help shape the plans.”
The spokesperson said a public viewing will take place on Monday, September 12 at the school library (accessible from Clifton) between 3 and 7 p.m.
“Further information on the plans can be viewed at: www.stpetersyork.org.uk/consultation,” he said.
“After public consultation, a development application will be submitted to York City Council for decision.”
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