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(UK) Clevedon: "Much-needed" special school expansion planned

Jan 17, 2022, Weston Mercury: Court rules that Baytree School expansion can go ahead

SW England

A court has given the go-ahead to plans for a special educational needs school site to be built in Clevedon after a judicial review was lodged by a nearby resident. Baytree School was unable to expand on its Weston campus so intended to build at Brookfield Walk in October 2021…. Cllr Catherine Gibbons said: "I am delighted that we can now get on and start building this much-needed school site for our special educational needs community…. However, the latest delays mean that the school's completion date is likely to be pushed back and its costs increased. Cllr Gibbons added: "Given the huge amount of passion, commitment and energy that our officers and the school have put into this project already, it is disappointing for all involved that the delay has impacted on the build…. Baytree's headteacher confirmed that it will not be able to give a spot to each child who needs to be at the school due to the delays. Ed Bowen-Roberts said: "Without the additional site in September 2023, we will not be able to provide places for all the children who we need to be at the school. "We simply do not have the room. This will mean more children having to travel out of the area, more time away from home on longer journeys, and less time with their families. "I am pleased that work can now get underway on this much-needed site for the benefit of so many children and their families."


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