A Bath primary school is hoping to get planning permission to build a “log cabin” to house its school library.

About 400 children attend Combe Down Primary School from reception to Year Six. While some classrooms and facilities are based in buildings around the lower playground, much of the school is based in the large log cabin by the top playground.

Currently, the school library is located in a corridor in the cabin. A design and access statement submitted with the planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council warned: “This means that access is restricted to a limited number of students at a time and can not be used as a quiet reading or learning space.”

Now the school hopes to remove two storage sheds from their forest school area and build a new log cabin to host the school library under the trees.

The statement said: “By providing a dedicated library space, all years will benefit from a quiet learning space which can be used within or outside of formal lessons. The school also has limited space for children with [special educational needs] who require, at times, dedicated quiet spaces both in lessons and at play times. The building will also be able to support this need.

“Finally, the building will still remain connected to the forest school area and provide shelter when the weather does not permit learning outside.”

Local Democracy Reporter, John Wimperis