New Doncaster education centre for children taken out of school gets green light

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A proposal to knock down and rebuild an education centre in Doncaster has been recommended for approval.

Doncaster Council's Bentley Training Centre on High Street, Bentley, is set to be flattened and rebuilt to provide education and training space for children who 'find attending mainstream school a challenge'.

Documents drawn up by council planners said the building is split into three 'ageing' units and the proposed scheme will consolidate the site into one modern block.

The development has received one objection from an office worker nearby over safety and parking concerns. Council planners concede the current site will lose 10 parking spaces.

But the adjacent school has a large car park that is said to be 'underused' and the school have 'agreed to allow the learning centre to use 15 of their spaces'.

Officers are also looking at improving parking and access around the site by removing containers to improve the flow of traffic around the site and installing speed limit signs.

Issues were raised due to the development encroaching onto the Green Belt but council planners said buildings on the Green Belt are 'acceptable in principle, providing it is not materially larger than the one it replaces'.

Doncaster Council planning officer Elizabeth Maw, said: "The proposed new building will not generate additional traffic. The proposed new building is a similar size to the one it replaces and the users of the site will primarily be school children that cannot drive.

"The proposal is acceptable in principle and adheres to Green Belt policy. An approval will allow DMBC to carry out its intentions for the Big Picture Learning initiative.

"The proposed building will be modern and fit for purpose and within a sustainable location. Parking matters have been addressed and there are no flooding implications."