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Special school plan for Childer Thornton is approved

A SPECIAL needs school was proposed at a green belt property set in substantial landscaped grounds.

A SPECIAL needs school was proposed at a green belt property set in substantial landscaped grounds.

The application was made at Crowthorns, School Lane, Childer Thornton by Catherine Simpson for Share, Education and Care.

Mrs Simpson told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council she was seeking approval for the change of use of the five bedroom dwelling in a semi rural location close to the Welsh road.

The school would provide for children and young people with autism, aspergers and social and emotional difficulties.

There would be a maximum of 25 to 30 pupils within a five year period.

Three classrooms would be provided on the ground floor of the dwelling with a further four in a coach house.

No objections were raised by the borough council's special needs co-ordination team and there were no representations from neighbours who were consulted on the application or from Willaston and Thornton borough councillor Myles Hogg (Con) who was notified.

The running of the school would be the responsibility of the providers with involvement from Ofsted and the local authority as required.

The application was recommended for approval and the borough council agreed the change of use could have permission.

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