Plans unveiled for new Buxton nursery

Plans have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council to convert a residential property in Buxton into a nursery.
Plans have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council to convert a residential property in Buxton into a nursery.

A new nursery for up to 45 children could be on the cards for Buxton.

Plans have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council to convert a residential property into a nursery.

If given the green light the Temple Road property would cater for 45 children and would be open Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays, from 8am to 6pm daily.

Applicant Don Mitchell, who currently operates two nursery schools and has run nursery schools from four sites in Buxton and Ashbourne, said: “Changes to the way the government funds childcare, together with the need to accommodate the needs of working parents, mean that nursery schools must now provide childcare both before and after the normal school opening hours.

“This flexibility is now vital to the viability of the nursery school provision.

“It also means the arrival and departure of children is spread more evenly through the day, with less activity around the traditional ‘pinch point’ times of 9am and 3pm.”

The plans suggest that parking concerns have been addressed by the applicant, who says the space on the road between the two adjoining residential properties is 65 metres which would create ample parking for parents.

Current access to the property is via concrete steps, but if approved this would be replaced with a decking-style ramp to enable the property to be accessed by pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Speaking about outdoor access, Mr Mitchell said: “This would be confined to the rear garden area, and the noise created would be akin to that created by a domestic residence.

“Children would use this area in groups of five to ten for approximately an hour at a time, primarily in late morning or early afternoon.

“The existing fencing and substantial line of conifer trees, together with shrubs and other planting, provides both visual and sound screening that will serve to reduce the amenity effects on neighbouring properties.”

Planning documents state the proposed change of use application will provide local employment opportunities generated by a new small business, however it is not specified how many new jobs will be created.

A ‘walking bus’ would operate each morning and afternoon between Burbage Primary School and the nursery.

• Public consultation on the plans is open until May 15. Visit www.highpeak.gov.uk to comment.