Framfield children’s home could be expanded to provide school places

A home for children with learning and emotional disabilities could be extended to offer education for children with special needs on site.

Plans before Wealden District Council are to install two temporary classrooms to the rear of Framfield Children’s Home in Blackboys Road, Framfield.

A parking area would be improved and stable buildings enhanced to provide facilities to teach about animals and animal husbandry.

Documents before the council says the intention would be to replace the temporary buildings with permanent structures once the school was established, within five years.

They also say that an existing two-storey planning consent to extend the children’s home would be dropped if planning permission was given for the classrooms because that did not fit the requirements of the home.

Framfield Children’s Home, which used to be known as Greenacres, was taken over by PJL Healthcare, who also own Mayfield Children’s Home, last year.

The company wishes to improve facilities to offer special education for children and young people living at Framfield as well as for day pupils.

It says: “Children living at Framfield will, as a general rule, be educated on site. A school New Vision School based at Framfield is in the process of being registered with Ofsted.

“There is a current shortage in East Sussex of school places for children with special needs and therefore the directors of PJL wish to expand the school provision to incorporate 12 day places.”

The school would offer a traditional curriculum and allow children to interface with animals such as chickens, sheep, goats and cows.

“New Vision School will represent a unique facility which will combine well with the residential children’s home on the site. The school will be situated alongside the home and will not have any impact on neighbouring properties.”

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