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Orange school wants to increase capacity by 50 percent, major DA lodged

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By David Fitzsimons

An Orange school plans to increase its number of students by 50 percent with a major building project.

The school is seeking to have a new limit of 750 students, 250 more than currently allowed, and have eight extra classrooms in a major new two- to three-storey building and a covered barbecue area.

A computer generated image of the proposed expansion. Supplied.

Its plans have been lodged with Orange City Council, where they are currently on exhibition for public comment.

The new building at the Orange Anglican Grammar School on Murphy Lane would be known as the Trinity Learning Facility.

“The proposed development is located central to the school site at the southern end of the existing playing field and will include a two to three storey building with five classrooms at ground level and three classrooms with a large covered outdoor learning area at the second level,” the DA states.
An aerial view of the site. Supplied.

“The building will incorporate two large subfloor internal rooms with roller doors fronting the school oval and a terraced seating platform area built into the slope of the land down to the playing field level."

According to the DA the proposed building is designed to be constructed in two stages "and includes ancillary works including removal and relocation of an existing shed, provision of a new covered barbecue and service area, toilet facilities, lift access and new concrete pathway connecting with the existing adjoining school buildings".

“The new works will provide a modern education learning facility for the existing and planned increase to school population. The proposed development seeks consent to increase the total school population to 750 students.”

The school currently has planning permission, issued in 2010, for a maximum 500 students.

The DA is on exhibition until Tuesday April 12.


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