Pupils with disabilities will benefit from a huge new teaching block at St John Fisher Secondary School

More pupils with disabilities will be able to attend St John Fisher Secondary School in Wigan after their redevelopment plans are approved. A recent planning committee meeting gave the go-ahead for a new three-storey education block accessible to people with disabilities – something the current site lacks.

The redevelopment of the existing school site will include the demolition of the existing school buildings, a new sports block, a temporary four-storey teaching block, new sports fields and a reconfiguration of parking and access. However, this will not result in an increase in the number of students who can attend school.

“The proposed building is organized as a single block with triple-height spaces including the dining hall, main lobby and theater studio at its core, within and within the on-site space,” the report states. .

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“The chapel also forms a key space at the heart of the school, directly adjacent to the main hall and the dining hall and surrounded by the pastoral facilities. Teaching and support spaces form the perimeter of the block, ensuring that classrooms and offices benefit from natural light and allow centralized circulation.

Plans to use playgrounds next to the school for temporary parking while redevelopment work is underway have been scrapped following dozens of complaints from nearby residents.

“Following the receipt of a number of objection letters on this specific issue, the Applicant has responded positively to the concerns raised in this regard,” a report read. “As such, the application has been amended to remove this element of the plan, which is no longer offered or part of this development.”

The fact that no one was on the planning committee at Wigan Town Hall to oppose the plans showed that this issue had been properly addressed, Councilor Laura Flynn said. Earl Flynn then praised the wonderful plans which address the issue of lack of accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

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