A JUNIOR school is looking to expand its premises to cope with increased demand of places.

An application has been submitted to Hampshire County Council to allow Four Lanes Junior School, in Hanmore Road, Chineham, to build a temporary classroom.

The application has been made due to an increase in the number of pupils at the school and the forecast for more still to come.

At present Four Lanes Junior School has 323 pupils enrolled which is set to increase by a further 30 youngsters in 2019/2020.

This has led to the school needing to increase in size which has lead to the application for the temporary classroom.

A planning statement submitted to the county council read: “Temporary accommodation will only be used where the demand for increased school places is limited to a short period of time or, where it provides additional accommodation for a school subject to the completion of a permanent expansion of its facilities.

“Where temporary accommodation is used every effort is made to ensure it is on site for the shortest time possible.”

The statement added: “The temporary classrooms will allow the school to expand whilst a permanent solution is considered.”

If approved by the county council, the temporary building will not be directly attached to the school but will be situated on the same site.

It will be located on one of the tarmac playgrounds at the front of the school adjacent to an existing temporary classroom.

The planning statement added: “Classrooms will be equipped (by others) with furniture suitable for the pupils and staff using the rooms. All furniture will incorporate a 30 point LRV contrast with floor finishes as far as this is practical.

“Slip resistant vinyl floors will be fitted to the “wet” area which will comprise of a stainless steel sink and drainer on a base unit with one open shelf beneath.”

The temporary building will have its own entrance away from the main school and if approved will be on site for a period of four years, the application adds.

For more information on the planning application or to lodge a comment about the proposal, go to planning.hants.gov.uk and search for the reference code HCC/2019/0201.