DPP are preparing to submit a planning application to Durham County Council for the proposed construction of a new one-storey replacement school building, followed by the demolition of the existing school buildings, with associated car parking, landscaping and outdoor play space and facilities at Sugar Hill Primary School, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 5NU.

The application is being submitted on behalf of Tilbury Douglas and the Department for Education.

Undertaking public consultation with local residents in advance of submitting a planning application is an important part of the process for the applicants and allow members of the public and local community to engage with the vision for the site and to provide valuable feedback on the proposals.

The Site

The site extends to approximately 3.45 ha, and is located along Sheraton Road in Newton Aycliffe comprising an existing primary school known as Sugar Hill Primary School, which accommodates school places for nursery, reception, key stage 1 and key stage 2 pupils. The site is surrounded by existing residential properties to the south, east and west. To the north a care home and Newton Aycliffe Fire and Police Community Station are located. Access is currently provided into the school site via three vehicular entrances off Sheraton Road. 

The Proposal

The Proposed Development comprises the construction of a new one-storey replacement school building, followed by the demolition of the existing school buildings, with associated car parking, landscaping and outdoor play space and facilities.

The new school building will be constructed to the rear of the existing school buildings, whilst maintaining sufficient distance between them to ensure construction works can be undertaken safely without disruption to the existing school. Construction of the new school building is therefore proposed to comprise the first phase of works, and pupils will then be decanted into the new building once completed followed by demolition of the existing school buildings to ensure minimal disruption to pupils’ education.

The new school building will be splayed across one-storey which seeks to achieve passive supervision of the open space and playing fields through cross-views from across each wing.

The existing access points and parking areas off Sheraton Road will be maintained as part of the Proposed Development, and the existing MUGA will be retained alongside the memorial garden and outbuilding. A hard and soft landscaping scheme is proposed to integrate the new building into the existing character of the area, which will include outdoor play areas, trim trail, outdoor classroom science/nature garden, and secure covered cycle parking facilities. Separate outdoor play areas will be provided for early years, KS1 and KS2 pupils. 

Providing your Feedback

We would welcome any views or feedback in relation to the proposed development prior to the submission of a planning application to the local authority. All comments received will be considered and responded to within a supporting Statement of Community Involvement which will be submitted as part of the planning application.

Comments can be submitted electronically via the feedback form at the bottom of this page, or alternatively, please post any feedback to DPP, Studio 015, Haylofts, St Thomas Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4LE

We would politely ask for all comments to be returned by no later than Sunday 2nd April 2023.

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