Plans to double the size of a village primary school have been re-submitted, more than two years after they were first approved amid fierce opposition.
Kingsthorpe Village Primary School, in Knights Lane, was one of eight primary schools in Northampton listed for expansion, to cope with growing birth rates in the town.
But the plan faced strong opposition from residents, who raised questions over the impact of traffic, and the impact on the character of the village.
The Northamptonshire County Council-backed plans were approved, but have now been re-submitted with a number of changes. The expansion would see the school increase its number of pupils from 210 to 420.
The plans, submitted to Northampton Borough Council, by Architecture Initiative, propose to reduce the height of the building by 1.8m from the first application, to a height of 7.4m.
They also propose an extra 26 car parking spaces, compared with the first application, taking the total to 44.
There would also be additional landscaping at the rear of the new building and the back of properties in Knights Lane, at the bottom of the sports pitch facing Vicarage Lane, and to the church side elevation facing The Green.
A covered play area facing The Green would also be removed, and a new multi-use games area would be relocated to hide it from any external view.
The report said: “The proposal to expand the school was approved on September 13, 2011. The implementation of this decision has been delayed due to the multiple planning considerations.
“It was originally planned to increase the admission number in September 2012, but this was postponed.
“At the time of writing, 59 places have been awarded following parents’ applications in the annual admissions process. There is therefore a clear demand for places at the school.”