Two new schools will be built in deprived areas of Sheffield – but councillors have slammed poor quality designs and fear they will be unfit for purpose.
Prince Edward School on Queen Mary Road and Fox Hill Primary School on Keats Road are both to be replaced by new buildings.
But members of the planning and highways committee have branded them ‘second best for already deprived children’.
Both schools will be built as part of a national government scheme which aims to replace rundown schools in the most urgent need.
However, due to funding limitations, the buildings may not be up to scratch and planning officers have already estimated their lifespan could be as little as 20 years.
A planning report for Fox Hill School said: “The new school does fall short with regards to design, sustainability and public art.
“The design of the school is not considered to be acceptable, and falls significantly short of the quality of development that would ordinarily be expected from a building of this type.”
At yesterday’s planning meeting, Coun Trevor Bagshaw said: “It’s diabolical.
“I don’t like this design, I think the officers have made it clear that they don’t think it is fit for purpose, and I think we would be wrong to just roll over and accept this.
“We have to deliver something decent for all our children, whatever part of the city they live in.”
Coun Peter Price said he would reluctantly approve the developments, and added: “We have to accept it or go without.
“The kids are desperate to get on board there.”