Wellspring Academy Trust will operate the school. Credit: planning documents

SEND school primed for Osgodby

Bowmer + Kirkland will deliver the Stride Treglown-designed project, should North Yorkshire Council give it the go-ahead next week in line with officer recommendation.

The proposed 6.4-acre site, south of the A63 Hull Road, is currently agricultural, bisected by a public right of way, with housing and Selby Garden Centre as near neighbours.

It is not within the designated development limit of Osgodby, but is a draft allocation within the emerging Selby Local Plan.

As officers outline, “there are no objections on grounds of highway safety, drainage or flood risk, ecology, contamination or noise. The proposal is not considered to result in harm to neighbouring residential amenity of neighbouring properties. Community use of the site is welcomed.”

The 100-place Special Education Needs and Disabilities school will provide education for pupils between 3-19 years of age with a wide range of special needs. All school facilities are to be contained within the western portion of the application site.

The school building would be two storeys in height with a flat roof, with materials used being a mix of brick and cladding with powder-coated aluminium doors and windows.

B+K was commissioned by the Department for Education to develop a SEND school for the site, with Stride Treglown designing the project. The professional team also includes landscape architect One Environments, RPS, Curtins, and planner DPP.

The DfE is procuring the proposed scheme on behalf of a third party, the Barnsley-based Wellspring Academy Trust, which currently manages 31 schools in the North of England, operating in eight local authority areas, spanning South, West & North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The trust is made up of a mixed community of mainstream primary, secondary, special, and alternative provision schools, providing education to more than 5,600 students and employing approximately 1,780 staff, including 250 teachers, across 49 sites.

North Yorkshire Council’s strategic planning committee will consider the project at its 9 April meeting. The reference number on the NYC planning portal is ZG23/1263/FULM.

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