Yes to merger school plans

KEQMS, Lytham St Annes
KEQMS, Lytham St Annes
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AN INDEPENDENT school which is the subject of a controversial merger is set to be given the green-light to expand.

The United Church Schools Trust want to build a new sports hall and junior school on the site of King Edward and Queen Mary School, in St Annes, to allow the school to merge with Arnold, in South Shore.

The newly-merged Arnold KEQMS School (AKS) officially opens in September, but Arnold’s pupils will not move to the Clifton Drive South site until the building work – if it is given planning permission – is completed next year.

Fylde Council’s development management committee is due to discuss the expansion scheme when it meets in St Annes Town Hall at 10am tomorrow, and is being recommended to give the plans the go-ahead.

A total of 33 letters of concern about the development were received from local residents, but the committee report states “there will be limited impact on residential amenity... but this is not considered to justify a refusal of planning permission.”

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