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School in Hillingdon to get major revamp as redevelopment plans approved

A Hillingdon school will get new sports facilities, classrooms and lunch areas in a major revamp after its redevelopment plans were approved despite objections from neighbours.

The new Rosedale College site in Hayes, West London will see the demolition and renovation of existing buildings, the construction of two new buildings, a plant room, social and dining canopies, multi-use games areas, sports fields and football pitches, and a new parking area to provide improved teaching and sports facilities.

The council also approved the building of two temporary teaching blocks for between 18 and 24 months so that the school can continue to operate while construction is under way. There were seven objections to the plans, mainly from neighbours who raised concerns over parking and the negative effects of a building project such as noise and dust.

However, procedures including a noise and dust plan will be in place while council officers seemed confident that traffic from the school would not be disruptive. Part of the plan will see the demolition of an existing temporary teaching block that was supposed to have been pulled down in 2014.

This led to Cllr Adam Bennett querying if the school could be trusted to remove the two temporary buildings that would be set up to accommodate students. Officers assured him they would monitor the site and ensure the buildings would be demolished within the 24-month time frame.

The loss of the teaching block that was due to come down a decade ago will mean that by the end of the redevelopment, the school will actually have a ‘minor reduction’ in teaching space. However, the officer says that this loss would be mitigated by the benefits of the project which include the construction of two new more energy-efficient buildings, improved sports facilities and changing rooms and refurbishment of existing teaching areas.

The school will retain 70 parking spaces across the site. The plan also implements a student staffing cap to ensure the site does not exceed capacity with the maximum number of students limited to 1,125 and staff at 130.

The school will also see 40 new trees planted as well as a new cricket lane, changing rooms, and the addition of solar panels to provide energy for classrooms. The school, which currently has 920 students according to The Schools Guide, was rated ‘Good’ in its most recent Ofsted report.