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Special unit planned for Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 13:45 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

EDUCATION chiefs are hoping to build a school for children with behavioural or emotional problems after submitting plans for a new site in Lowestoft.

Suffolk County Council has been in a race against time to construct a pupil referral unit (PRU) in the town after the government said a £1.

EDUCATION chiefs are hoping to build a school for children with behavioural or emotional problems after submitting plans for a new site in Lowestoft.

Suffolk County Council has been in a race against time to construct a pupil referral unit (PRU) in the town after the government said a £1.76m grant awarded in 2005 must be used by this year or the money would be lost.

The council has now submitted a planning application to build the unit on part of another school's playing fields off Saturn Close, after earlier plans for a building on another site were scuppered.

A public inquiry ruled in favour of residents who wanted the first proposed site, off Green Drive and Walmer Road, in Pakefield, declared as public open space.

If given the go-ahead by Waveney District Council planners, Harbour PRU will provide specialist education for 24 vulnerable children, aged from eight to 14, from October 2009.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “Reducing exclusions from schools and improving schools' capacity to tackle challenging behaviour are key local and national priorities. Harbour support service is a key part of this work in the northern area of Suffolk for the 8-14 age group.”

Harbour PRU has been housed in temporary accommodation, in School Road, but the county council wants a permanent building on part of a playing field belonging to the Harris Middle School.

The spokesman said the unit would take up about 15pc of the playing field and that the plans had received the backing of Harris Middle's board of governors, following a public consultation exercise earlier this year.

Any comments from people will be revealed when Waveney District Council's development control committee considers the application in October.


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