THE site of a former South Tyneside school is set for a new sporting life, it has emerged.
Margaret Sutton School in Ashley Road, South Shields, closed its doors last year as part of a shake-up of special educational needs in the borough.
Pupils were transferred to Bamburgh School in the town’s Horsley Hill area.
Now plans have been revealed to create new playing fields and a sports pitch on the former site, to be used by pupils at nearby St Wilfred’s RC College.
Members of the council’s planning committee will consider the application from Boldon-based Inspiredspaces when they meet later this month. The former school building has already been demolished in preparation for the work.
Residents living close to the site have also been consulted, and no objections received.
Local councillor Bob Watters has welcomed the conversion and said: “St Wilfred’s is a large school. I’d welcome the extension of the sports facilities to meet the needs of those pupils.
“My own daughter attended St Wilfred’s and I am well aware of how high up the curriculum sport is at the school.
“I’d also hope that when complete, the facility would be made available to the wider community, outside of school hours.”
The application meets Sport England’s vision to promote “high-quality recreational open space, playing fields and outdoor sporting and play facilities”.
A report to the committee says: “In terms of design, the proposal simply creates a grassed area, with some levels being slightly raised to facilitate the creation of a pitch.”
Members of the planning committee are to meet on Monday, November 11, from 10am.