Plans to turn fields into school ‘break-out’ space are lodged

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A TWO-METRE-HIGH wire-mesh fence will be placed around two agricultural fields to turn them into a ‘break-out space’ for Jersey College for Girls pupils, if plans are approved.

The fields, which are off Claremont Road and to the south of JCG, are currently managed by Jersey Property Holdings and used for potato planting.

According to the planning consultants, there will be ‘no profile changes’ to the land other than the fence, which would be placed around the fields to the north-east and east, to ensure students’ safety.

KE Planning wrote in a statement accompanying the plans: ‘The principle is to provide an informal “break-out” space to benefit the pupils’ wellbeing and mental health.

‘The space would be used for socialising, informal meetings, informal games, ecological study, and a space for staff and students to get some fresh air away from the pressure of the school environment.

‘Pupils using the field would be supervised.’

The planning consultants added that JCG and JCP were seeking to create a ‘one campus’ approach by sharing facilities.

They also said that the outdoor space provision for both schools was ‘severely below the recommended levels’.

‘To address this extreme shortfall, and to provide an outdoor amenity area to the pupils of JCG and the Prep School, the government has allocated two fields to the east of the Prep School,’ KE Planning wrote in their statement.

‘It can be concluded that the proposed outdoor educational amenity space is an appropriate and beneficial use of the site that would contribute to the overall improvement of the natural environment and provide educational opportunities for the pupils of JCG and the JCP.’

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