School building plan is set to get the green light

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A MULTIMILLION pound plan to rebuild a Sheffield school is set to be approved by councillors.

The proposals for Handsworth Grange Sports College, on Handsworth Grange Road, Handsworth, have been scaled down from a full reconstruction to a modernisation scheme.

It will see an overhaul of the existing buildings and the building of an additional two-storey block containing 19 classrooms.

Proposals to fund three pieces of public art have also been axed.

The Government has ordered Sheffield Council to cut the cost of remaining school modernisation projects under the national Building Schools For the Future programme.

Many other BSF projects around the country have been axed.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board is expected to approve the scheme when it meets on Monday.

There have been no complaints about the buildings but two residents have complained about loss of two trees.

Council officers said one was a “potential danger” because it was hanging over a sports pitch and the other was “hampering the growth of an adjoining specimen”.

They said more trees would be planted along the boundary.