New school building for St Hedda’s

St Hedda's
St Hedda's

St Hedda’s School in Egton Bridge will soon get a new £250,000 building after it was given the green light from planners.

Members of the North York Moors National Park Planning Committee unanimously supported the application.

The building will house a dining hall with meeting rooms and storage space on the site of an existing prefabricated building following its demolition.

Mari Palmer, head teacher of St Hedda’s told the Whitby Gazette they are delighted the plans have been given the go-ahead.

“We are thrilled to receive the planning permission,” she said. “The old canteen was badly in need of repair

so we are thrilled with this opportunity to have both the new dining hall and extra teaching space.”

A number of residents in the village also supported the application.

In a report to the members the school was described as being more than a century old and was voluntarily aided and supported by North Yorkshire County Council.

A detached building with a concrete frame and asbestos roof was constructed behind the school in 1947 to provide a kitchen and dining room for the pupils and staff.

The new building will be slightly larger than the present one but will be within the boundary of the school, church and presbytery.

The windows and doors will be double glazed and there will be roof lights at the first floor level.

As well as storage space the building is aimed at providing some quiet rooms for one-to-one teaching, group work and school meetings.

An architectural liaison officer who had visited the school said he was concerned about security as the rooms in the new building could house computers and other electronic office equipment.

The building would be remote from the rest of the school but with easy access through the grounds.

The officer made recommendations about external lighting, boundary fencing and alarm systems.