Anger at OK for Hatfield special needs school to move to new site
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 February 2014
One of Hatfield leading’s opposition councillors has blasted County Hall for approving the controversial relocation of a special needs school.
On Monday, the county council cabinet approved a request by Southfield School to be allowed to stay in its current building in Woods Avenue, where it moved in September to make room in Travellers Lane for the proposed New Barnfield waste incinerator.
The new school was built on former playing fields, and was granted planning permission only on condition that it would move back when the incinerator is completed in 2017.
Lib Dem county councillor Paul Zukowskyj said: “People in South Hatfield don’t trust the council, and this is a fantastic example why.
“It still needs planning permission, and I will be opposing it unless they come up with a really good replacement [for the playing fields].”
After learning from the governors and headteacher that the new building was ideal for teaching children with autism and mild learning difficulties, with “immediate and substantial educational benefits”, the cabinet backed the permanent move, which might involve changing planning guidance.
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