No need for school inquiry

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AN agreement has been reached between all parties to overcome potential problems which could have threatened the new primary school planned for the Whitefield area of Nelson.

A public inquiry had been due to open on Tuesday of this week into a compulsory purchase order put forward by Lancashire County Council in order to acquire properties to facilitate the building of the new school.

But this was postponed after talks between all parties reached an amicable solution.

Stephen Riley, buildings and development officer for Lancashire County Council, said: “We are very pleased to have reached agreement with all the parties who raised objections to the compulsory purchase order for the replacement school site.

“With the help of colleagues at Pendle Council, we have been able to offer a satisfactory alternative to the owners of the affected properties. We have also held positive discussions with English Heritage and the Heritage Trust for the North West at which we presented our case for the location and design of the proposed new school building.

“The planning application has now been submitted and we are pleased to be a step nearer to providing much-needed school accommodation for the children of Whitefield.”