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(UK) S. Cheshire: Care home may be school for autism/social, emotional needs

Apr 23, 2023, Nantwich News: South Cheshire care home could become school for children with needs

Central England

A care home for children with severe learning disabilities could be converted into a day school for South Cheshire youngsters with social, emotional and mental health needs, writes Belinda Ryan.

Pepperberry House in Middlewich, run by Compass, also provides ancillary education facilities on site, both for children living at the home and others in their care who reside elsewhere.

Compass has now applied to Cheshire East Council for permission to change of use of the Cledford Lane site from a care home to solely education use.

A planning statement, issued by Alder King Planning Consultants on behalf of the applicant, states: “Compass operates many independent special schools and the proposal for Pepperberry House is to provide a small school for day pupils only, with the existing residential care now to be provided in other existing homes in the locality.

“The school would have a registered maximum capacity of 24 pupils between the ages of seven to 19.

“Pupils would have social emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs and/or autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) and associated conditions.”…

It is anticipated the number of staff on site at any one time would be in the order of 10 to 12.

The planning document says the catchment area for pupils will be relatively local….


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