We’ve worked very hard and been good all year so please deliver our permanent planning approval in time for Christmas!
The Wren School
Reading Borough Council’s Planning Committee met on Wednesday 11 November to consider outline planning permission for the permanent Wren School buildings on the Bath Road in Southcote. The school already has temporary permission from Reading Borough Council to use the Bath Road site and were hoping to get permanent approval rubber stamped in Wednesday’s meeting. The Wren School application is linked to Taylor Wimpey’s plans to build 118 homes on Southcote Road and a further 71 homes on the former Defra site in Coley Park.
Jo Broadhead (The Wren School Headteacher) and Nils Franke (Director of The Wren School Single Academy Trust) both attended, with various other member of the school’s Trust and Governing Body. During the meeting, Jo Broadhead spoke passionately about The Wren School’s vision to be a local school, for the local community (including the provision of wraparound care so that students are safely cared for between 8am and 6pm daily) and her presentation was warmly received.
Reading Borough Council Officers made recommendations for the Planning Councillors to approve the application and, importantly, there was no challenge to the education or housing aspect of the application. The Planners did, however, request more information regarding traffic flow and volume and how it would be managed. Disappointingly, this means that we have to wait a little longer for the Planners’ final decision for the two sites, while the traffic information is gathered and considered.
After the meeting, Nils Franke said “I am pleased that the Councillors considered the scheme from every angle. The Committee noted the benefits to education and housing and took on board residents’ wishes for clarification and partial amendment of traffic-related proposals.” He added “What seemed apparent is that the ‘the bigger picture’ of the application is that it delivers more choice in education and housing in Reading”.
It’s anticipated that the Planning Committee will meet again in mid-December once the requested clarifications on traffic have been made, so fingers crossed that they’re able to deliver a Wren Christmas full of good cheer!