Girls’ school plan for town’s old hospital

A MUSLIM girls’ school could open in Batley’s former general hospital under plans to be considered by councillors next week.

An application to change the use of the complex on Transvaal Terrace – last used as a nursing home – is listed for conditional approval.

Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-commitee are to discuss it at a Dewsbury Town Hall meeting at 9.30am on Thursday.

A report they are to consider shows 21 objections have been received about issues including increased traffic around Carlinghow Hill.

Other objections include:

• There is already separate school provision for Muslim girls in Batley;

• Batley has a multi-faith all-girls school (Batley Girls’ High);

• Another single sex school is not needed in Batley.

The report, however, highlights how an existing school in Warwick Road for Muslim girls aged 11 to 16 is full and has a waiting list of 180 pupils.

Applicant the Muslim Education Trust, wants to shut that school and move to the old hospital building.

The school has about 70 pupils and has agreed to limit numbers to 250, enough to accommodate  those on the waiting list.

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