Controversial plans to knock down a school and build a new one on green space are set to be agreed next week.
Sheffield Council wants to demolish Tinsley Junior School on Bawtry Road, use the land as public open space then create a new school by extending a centre on nearby Tinsley Recreation Ground.
The council says the change is needed to move pupils away from the M1 to reduce the associated ‘negative health effects’ from pollution and also tackle a lack of school places.
But residents have campaigned against the plans, which they say mean they will lose their local park and have little effect on alleviating pollution. The council claims it is the only viable location.
Officers have recommended councillors on next week’s planning committee to approve both applications.
They say ‘extensive new tree planting’ on the junior school site would be used to mitigate poor air quality and ‘limited’ exposure to noise pollution would be less harmful to visitors than it currently is to school pupils.
The new public space on the school site would be of ‘equivalent’ quality to the existing recreation ground.
If approved the school would be knocked down in October 2016. Existing playing fields would be retained and the nature of the open space decided after consultation.
Tinsley Green Centre on the recreation ground would have a three-storey extension to form a primary school and nursery for 700 pupils. Tinsley infant school would also relocate there.
Air quality at the green is affected less by pollution than at the school sites, the report says.
Objectors say the green is at the ‘heart of the community’ while raising concerns about traffic caused by the ‘monstrous’ development.
But the report said it would give ‘increased capacity in this deprived area and ensure young children are no longer subjected to the long-term adverse effects of exposure to unacceptable levels of air and noise pollution’.