Plans for two temporary classrooms to be erected at St Thomas a Becket School have been turned down by the planning committee.
However, this is not the end of the road for the proposed development as the committee’s vote will simply act as a recommendation for East Sussex County Council, which will make the final decision at a later date.
The planning application was initially submitted as a way to accommodate 60 more pupils at the school and also included provisions for two extra parking spaces for the teachers due to be based in the additional classrooms.
Councillors expressed a number of concerns about the plans, including the proximity of the classrooms to the road, which would not only be a danger to pupils but also distract them during lessons.
They also felt the designed classrooms wouldn’t be big enough to house the extra students and suggested moving the temporary buildings to another site, which would allow them to increase the size.
However, the main concern was the extra traffic that an increase in pupils would bring to the already busy surrounding roads. It was argued, though, that any extra pupils would be siblings of students already at the school and so would not increase the volume of cars at drop-off time.