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(UK) Sussex: Plans for independent special school

Feb 9, 2024, Sussex World: Plans to change Horsham office into a school for children with special needs approved

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The application for Vincent House, in North Parade, was given a unanimous thumbs-up by the planning committee on Tuesday (February 6).


The school will be classed as an independent non-maintained school, outside the control of the Local Education Authority, meaning the county council will have no say in its running.


As well as the change of use from office to school, the application also seeks permission to build a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and a two-storey link between the main building and an out-building.


The council heard concerns from residents about noise, the extra traffic the school might generate, light pollution, and what they felt was contradictory data about when the MUGA would be in use….


In a design statement submitted with the application, a spokesman for The Aurora Group said: “Our mission is to provide innovative, high quality education, care and support, enabling all children and young people to thrive and fulfil their aspirations.”



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