A PRIMARY school is hoping to construct an outdoor learning space.

Allendale Primary School has applied for planning permission from Northumberland County Council to construct a timber shelter on its grounds.

Anna Guttridge, teacher and outdoor learning specialist at the school, said: "This will provide opportunities for children to learn outside the classroom in all weather conditions by providing sunshade and a waterproof canopy.

"The site is currently used by all classes to participate in Outdoor Learning and Forest School activities.

"It is also used for cross country practice.

"The shelter would not change the use, however, it would enhance the ability of classes to participate in outdoor learning particularly in the often unpredictable and harsh weather conditions in the North Pennines."

The proposed timber shelter is to be located on an area of land adjacent to the South East of the school.

It would have a larch and oak cruck frame, cedar shingles on the roof, and larch pearlings and rafters. There will be two open walls.

Miss Guttridge added: "The choice of materials will allow it to blend in with the natural surroundings.

"It will also be in keeping with other structures in the area including the timber gazebo built at Higher Ground, a social enterprise mental health and wellbeing garden located adjacent to the school."

For more details, visit the county council's planning portal and search reference number 22/01682/CCD