A Birmingham school will undergo a £12.5 million rebuild after residents’ concerns over loss of privacy and noise nuisance were brushed aside.
City planners have given the go ahead for the 1950s-built Harborne Academy in Harborne Road to be demolished and rebuilt to accommodate up to 800 pupils and 68 staff.
But residents have won some concessions from the school developer after sending dozens of letters objecting to the rebuild.
A residents spokeswoman said: “While we support the principal of improving education facilities we have grave reservations over this.”
She said that concerns included the loss of privacy and overshadowing for neighbours as the new school would be close to homes backing on to the site.
Speaking on behalf of the school, Paul Ellingham, of Alliance Planning, said that several changes had been made to account for concerns, including using opaque glass in classroom windows overlooking homes to protect privacy.
“This development will not lead to an unacceptable impact on the living standards of neighbours,” he said.
The planning committee said they sympathised with residents but welcomed the investment in education.
Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Cons, Weoley) said: “I quite understand a major development causing worries for those living nearby.
However this school really needs this to bring it into the 21st century.”