A SCHOOL that saw its request to retain an “overbearing” dome above its tennis court thrown out by the council has hinted the fight might not be over.

Holmer Green Senior School, on Parish Piece, in Holmer Green said it is “currently exploring all options” after its bid for retrospective planning permission for a so-called “air dome” covering a sports area was refused by Buckinghamshire councillors.

A school spokesman said its governors, staff, parents and students are “very disappointed” at the outcome – and the school stands by an earlier claim the dome’s purpose was partly to combat a ‘national wellbeing crisis’.

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The school installed the controversial ‘temporary’ feature claiming it would provide additional indoor space for exams, breaks and lunchtimes, PE classes and social distancing.

However, council officers determined the structure’s benefits do not outweigh its harms – and Cllr Julie Burton said its foundations were dug “before the impact of Covid was even known”.

She also said the application was for “permanent” retrospective permission – adding the dome is a “monstrosity”.

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According to council documents, the dome also prevents natural light from reaching Holmer Green Infant School to an “unacceptable level”, while casting ‘glaring sunlight’ into neighbouring properties.

After councillors voted not to grant retrospective planning permission, the school could see the dome taken down.

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“Governors, staff, parents and students were all obviously very disappointed that our planning application for our newly constructed air dome was not successful,” a school spokesman said.

“We are also very regretful of any discord which has arisen in Holmer Green as a result.  This was never our intention – we have the wellbeing of all our current and future students at the forefront of our actions.

“There is a national health and wellbeing crisis, and we see engaging our students in exercise as a real preventative measure. The more young people we can engage in exercise the better, and the air dome is another resource that supports this endeavour.”

They added: “As to our next steps, we are currently exploring all options before making a decision.”

Buckinghamshire Council has been approached for comment.

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