School rebuild joy as council backs plans

The planned new Campsmount School building
The planned new Campsmount School building
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Plans to rebuild fire-ravaged Campsmount School can go ahead after planning permission was finally agreed for a modern new building.

A major part of the site was destroyed when an electrical fault led to a major fire in December 2009.

The school has been in temporary accommodation since March last year.

But Doncaster Council planning committee backed the planned £10 million rebuild, which is going ahead under a Government pilot scheme to test some of the areas being explored as part of the Department for Education’s ongoing Capital Review.

The detailed plans approved by councillors will see a new secondary school built on the existing site. Landscaping, access roads and sports pitches are also part of the proposals.

The council’s school rebuilding team has undertaken new procurement procedures that speed up and simplify the process, and which are intended to save the taxpayer money.

That will see work on site starting within six months of the scheme being given the go-ahead, which is half the previous time allowed of 12 months.

Andrew Sprakes, headteacher at Campsmount Technology College, said: “We are thrilled to have come so far in such a short time. This is down to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in the project.

“Students are very excited about the start of the new building work which will provide us with the 21st century learning environment our community deserves.”

Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Planning permission is a key milestone for this Campsmount project which has made great strides since the Government gave it the green light.

“On-site works should start shortly and, by this time next year, the new school should be ready to move into.

“It’s fantastic news.”