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(UK) Clevedon to expand SPED school from 72 kids to 120; 67% enrollment increase costs $15M U.S.

Aug 12, 2019, Bristol Live: Controversial Clevedon site selected for special school expansion https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/local-news/controversial-clevedon-site-selected-special-3199759 The £12.5million [$15M U.S.] expansion of a Weston-super-Mare special school is set to go ahead on green belt land after other sites were ruled out for a second time. Baytree Special School, the only school in the district that provides education to children with severe and profound learning difficulties, wants to boost pupil numbers from 72 to 120. Clevedon residents supported its expansion but were adamant Brookfield Walk - a valued public space next to the M5 - was the wrong location and urged them to look again at the dozen other options. Cllr Canniford, the council’s executive member with responsibility for business, economy and employment, said: “We urgently need to increase provision across North Somerset for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and we’re committed to doing so. … Officers explored 13 options and concluded the 1.9-hectare council-owned site off Brookfield Walk was the best option for the £12.5million project. … “Now that a decision has been made as to which site to allocate for the expansion, officers will be able to meet with residents to listen to their concerns and hopefully provide them with information regarding the proposed expansion, which will allay their fears.” The expansion is subject to planning permission being granted, with detailed designs set to be drawn up in the coming months. North Somerset Council has already allocated £1million to draw up plans. … Huw Davies, the chair of governors at Baytree Special School, said: “As the governing board of Baytree School we support the much-needed expansion of our current school with the creation of a second site on Brookfield Walk. “The second site will create a positive impact on the lives of the children and young people with the most complex special educational needs by ensuring access to the most appropriate learning environment. “The second site will not only ensure children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties educational needs are met, but will also free up capacity within the current site and increase much needed provision for children and young people with severe learning difficulties and autism.