Horwich special school gets permission to expand despite objections from nearby residents

The Bolton News: From left, objectors Dennis Malloy, Ingrid Daubney, Alison Coleman, Harry Daubney, Sylvia Merrick and Norman Merrick outside Lever Park Special School From left, objectors Dennis Malloy, Ingrid Daubney, Alison Coleman, Harry Daubney, Sylvia Merrick and Norman Merrick outside Lever Park Special School

A SPECIAL school in Horwich is set to expand and take on 16 more pupils, after plans were given the go-ahead by Bolton councillors.

The planning committee approved the scheme put forward by Lever Park School in Stocks Park Drive to extend its main building at the front and rear, and build a new teaching building and a 21-space car park.

It means the secondary school will be able to have two new classrooms, more office space for staff and extend its school hall.

Head teacher Colin Roscoe said he was delighted the plans had been approved.

Lever Park is the only special school in Bolton that accepts pupils with educational needs relating to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Mr Roscoe said: “It means that we can meet the needs of our growing clients and children who would benefit from coming here. There’s a growing demand for places, which the council recognises.”

The application was opposed by local residents, who organised a petition arguing that the new single-storey building would be too close to their homes and an increase in pupils would mean more cars parking outside their homes.

At the planning meeting, Cllr Andy Morgan said he did not think the application was controversial, and that the new building would be some distance from nearby houses.

He added: “We had some objections from residents but, looking at the site and the way it falls, it will protect residents. We should get behind the school and support its aspiration to provide excellent education for those with special needs. It is a commendable application.”

Work is expected to start in March, with the new pupils starting in September.

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10:08am Wed 12 Feb 14

tinypet says...

The residents should hang there heads in shame. Have they any idea how many children have impairments caused by disabilities and that are failed educationally.
Maybe if they had been in the boat of having a member of their family with such needs, They would think differently.
These children deserve to have an accomidating education.
The majority of them will travel to and from school by education transport.
As for parents picking their child up, so long as the car is insured and taxed legally they can park anywhere so long as not obstucting.
Do these residents ever pick their car outside premises that arent there home? though so!
The residents should hang there heads in shame. Have they any idea how many children have impairments caused by disabilities and that are failed educationally. Maybe if they had been in the boat of having a member of their family with such needs, They would think differently. These children deserve to have an accomidating education. The majority of them will travel to and from school by education transport. As for parents picking their child up, so long as the car is insured and taxed legally they can park anywhere so long as not obstucting. Do these residents ever pick their car outside premises that arent there home? though so! tinypet
  • Score: 8

10:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

samars says...

This is unbelievable! I am so disgusted, how dare they try and stop the school from expanding and taking on more pupils. There are not enough places for children with special education needs and if this means that more children can get a good education then what is wrong with that. You choose to live next to a school, if you don't want to hear them running around being loud then I suggest you move!! I am quoting this from an earlier article when one of the residents said:

"The pupils are often quite unruly and I think it will infringe more on our privacy because they’ll only be a few yards away.

“When I look out of my window there are 25 cars in the car park and then you get the taxis coming."

Quite unruly?? The children have disabilities such as ADHD and autism, do you think they are doing it because they want to? The children need taxis because they have learning difficulites and can't make their own way to school, plus some of them live too far away!

I suggest if you don't like it, then you should move house!
This is unbelievable! I am so disgusted, how dare they try and stop the school from expanding and taking on more pupils. There are not enough places for children with special education needs and if this means that more children can get a good education then what is wrong with that. You choose to live next to a school, if you don't want to hear them running around being loud then I suggest you move!! I am quoting this from an earlier article when one of the residents said: "The pupils are often quite unruly and I think it will infringe more on our privacy because they’ll only be a few yards away. “When I look out of my window there are 25 cars in the car park and then you get the taxis coming." Quite unruly?? The children have disabilities such as ADHD and autism, do you think they are doing it because they want to? The children need taxis because they have learning difficulites and can't make their own way to school, plus some of them live too far away! I suggest if you don't like it, then you should move house! samars
  • Score: 6

10:48am Wed 12 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

excellent news .... as tinypet says these residents that complained should hang their heads in shame
excellent news .... as tinypet says these residents that complained should hang their heads in shame lv8151
  • Score: 5

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