A school's controversial stay at temporary buildings in Caversham is expected to be approved by the council next week despite neighbours' complaints.

Neighbours have slammed plans for The Heights Primary School to extend its stay at temporary accommodation on Gosbrook Road for another year, until August 31, 2021.

The Department for Education (DfE) has applied for planning permission on behalf of the school for another year at the two temporary buildings on Gosbrook Road.

The primary school has occupied the site for the last five years but will move to a permanent site at Mapledurham Playing Fields in 2021, which is also controversial.

Reading Borough Council's (RBC) Planning committee will also decide at the meeting next Wednesday (July 15) whether to allow the school to keep using the fenced off area of the Westfield Park Recreation Ground.

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Neighbours, commenting on the proposals, have complained about traffic, pollution, noise, anti-social behaviour and the school taking up green space.

One neighbour said the extension would "simply add to the congestion and pollution for those who live near the park and surrounding roads".

Another said parents are often take up their parking spaces and complained that some parents “assist their children to urinate in the trees that border Westfield Park”.

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Another neighbour, Jessica Monteith-Chachuat, slammed the use of the green space, saying she cannot understand why the council re-allocated community green space “that is meant for use by those with Victorian terrace gardens and living in balcony-free apartment blocks”.

She said the school has not maintained the Westfield Green space and “all winter the fenced off area in Westfield Park was a mud-pit”.

But RBC planning officers have backed the plans, writing: "The harm caused by retention of the fenced off area for education use for a further 12-month period is outweighed by the need for the school to continue on the site for this temporary period."

They say the impacts of another year at the site are "suitably mitigated for by the recommended conditions", which include:

No use on Saturday, Sunday or bank holidays other than for up to five school events per year

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No music or noise generating lessons to take place outside of the school buildings

All buildings and structures, including tarmac and asphalt areas, must be removed from the site by August 31, 2021

Site must be left in clean and tidy condition

Existing planning permission for the temporary site requires the buildings be removed by August 31, 2020.