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(UK) Bristol residents quibble about NEW AUTISM SCHOOL; "three trees will have to be felled"

Sept 7, 2018, Bristol Live: School and autism facility to be created despite residents saying it'll have a 'devastating impact' on them https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/school-autism-facility-created-despite-1977586 A new primary school and specialist autism facility will be built in Bristol despite claims by residents it would have a “devastating impact” on their lives…. Developing the current site in Withywood Road would cause too much stress for the autistic children, who school bosses say need a purpose-built centre. Currently 263 pupils, 38 nursery kids and 70 autistic children use the Withywood Road site. The new facility is expected to have 420 primary places, 38 nursery places and 84 places for autistic children. Plans to move the schools onto one site were narrowly rejected by Bristol councillors in November last year on the grounds the new building would loom over nearby houses - and that three important trees would have to be felled. Parents of autistic children were furious with the decision, saying the current school was so rundown that buckets were being used to collect rainwater from the leaking roof. The school appealed to the Government to overturn the decision while also submitting a new application to the council with slightly altered plans. At a Bristol City Council planning meeting on Wednesday, September 5, architects showed councillors the revised plans. They included: Moving the site an extra 1.6-metres away from the houses … But a number of angry residents filled City Hall’s public gallery to protest the application. Clare Smith said called the proposed school "harmful and overbearing". “This is a massive building that’s going onto a tiny bit of land outside our house which will have a devastating impact on our lives," she said…. His backing was echoed by parents of autistic children, who spoke movingly about the need for specialist facilities for Bristol's most needy children. Trystan Williams, principal of the Ventures Academy, said the school provided education for some of Bristol’s most vulnerable children. “Sadly the current facilities are seriously failing our young people," he said. "Instead of sub-standard porta cabins, these young people need purpose-built facilities to meet their complex needs.”… Cllr Richard Eddy said: "They don’t deserve to still be in porta cabins. I believe the argument’s been made for this application, I believe the applicant has seriously addressed the main issues of concern."…