Don Valley school plans set for approval

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A new ‘super school’ on the site of Don Valley Stadium is set to get the go ahead from planning chiefs next week.

The £17m development, which will offer 1,200 places for children aged between two and 16, is recommended for approval by Sheffield Council on Tuesday.

Two businesses have objected to the plans on the grounds of increased traffic, litter and that the Attercliffe area is industrial and not suitable for children.

One objection listed in the report echoed the views of campaigners and sporting leaders who fought to keep the athletics facility.

It read: “When Don Valley Stadium was demolished it was promised that replacement sports facilities would be provided.

“This should remain the case.”

The academy school, sponsored by Oasis Community Learning, will also be a community hub.

Reports also say the proposal contravenes policies on keeping open space in the area - but an additional sports pitch for community use and community use agreement mitigate that.

Transport assessments also found immediate junctions do not have the ‘capacity’ to cope with increased traffic of up to 89 vehicles at peak times.

A highways improvement scheme will be secured through conditions.

The council says the site was chosen because there is an increasing demand for school places in the area.

Reports added: “Overall the development will present an excellent and welcome addition to the area, providing much needed school capacity in a deprived part of the city. “