Planning permission granted for special needs school next to SFG College
Education / Fri 8th Apr 2022 am30 06:50am
PLANNING permission has been granted to transform the land in a Harlow secondary school land into a Special Educational Needs and Disability School.
The plans centre on land next to Sir Frederick Gibberd College on Tendring Road.
Harlow Council approved the application on Wednesday March 16th, with works to build the new 1.15-hectare school set to begin soon. The proposal outlines the construction of a new school for 64 pupils with complex, and severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties, aged 7-16 years old.
On-site residential accommodation is also proposed for 15 of the pupils. The proposal has been commissioned directly by the Department of Education (DfE), with responsibility for the running of the proposed school to be given to The Beckmead Trust. The school intake would be administered by Essex County Council.
The development would consist of two part single, part two-storey buildings reaching up to eight metres in height with a flat roof design, one housing the residential accommodation and the other housing the new school. Both buildings would have an L-shape footprint, with the school building being the larger of the two.
The residential building would be situated towards the entrance in the south of the site, set back over 20 metres from Tendring Road. A parking and drop-off area would be located between the two buildings, with 27 new car parking spaces, four cycling spaces, three disability parking spaces and two minibus parking spaces.
Vehicular and pedestrian access will be from Tendring Road. The school car park will cater for staff and visitor parking, parent drop off/pick-ups and mini-bus parking. In total, there would be 27 staff and visitor car parking bays. Cycle parking will be provided for staff and visitors under sheltered canopies.
A playground, a large area of soft landscaping and an all-weather Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) will also be located within the north section of the site. At full capacity, the school and the residential facility would employ 45 teaching and other support staff. The new school would contain general/specialist teaching, offices/admin space and catering facilities, with an indoor sports hall.
The boundary of the site will also see 2.4m high fencing. Additional tree planting is proposed within the site to mitigate the loss of trees necessary to facilitate the development, alongside the proposed planting of wildflower and amenity grassland.
This is great news for Harlow and will hopefully give help to the children and parents who need it. A nice and good piece of news