White Hart site to be Day School for autistic children

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Councillors are supporting new plans for a Day School for autistic children to be built on the site of the old White Hart pub in Bletchley.

Previous plans submitted by the Cambian Group for a 32-bed, male only mental health rehabilitation facility were rejected by Milton Keynes Council earlier this year. However, the new plans have gained support from residents and councillors.

Councillor Nigel Long serves the Denbigh ward and was one of those who campaigned against the original plans.

He said: “This would be a far better use of the site than what was originally proposed. If the design is good, the issue with parking is resolved and the facility is properly run then it will get my support.

“There is a real need to help children with autism and across that broad spectrum.”

A spokesman for the Cambian Group said: “We aim to gain planning approval for this special education school for 40 students.

“Early feedback from immediate neighbours and West Bletchley Parish Council has been very positive for this initiative.”

If planning permission is given for the new project, the target date for work to begin will be January 2014. Students would then be taken from September the same year.

The Cambian Group says it has already held two successful consultation meetings with residents and local councillors before it submitted its planning application.