Portishead primary school plans extension

St Joseph's Primary School is seeking planning permission for the extension.

St Joseph's Primary School is seeking planning permission for the extension. - Credit: Archant

A Portishead primary school wants to build an extension to its premises to improve facilities for a disabled pupil.

St Joseph’s Primary School, in Bristol Road, is seeking planning permission from North Somerset Council to create a therapy room due to a lack of appropriate facilities.

In its application to the council, the school said a single-storey extension is the only sensible way forward.

Its statement said: “St Joseph’s Primary School has lately received a pupil with severe physical disabilities into the school for whom a special-purpose therapy room is required to accommodate a range of specialist equipment and facilities.

“There is no space conveniently available within the existing buildings, the only feasible alternative being to construct a single-storey extension at the western end, where a corridor to connect the therapy room back to the main school may also usefully form a secondary means of access or exit for all the pupils.”

Portishead Town Council will be asked to make a recommendation regarding planning, before North Somerset makes the final decision.

So far one member of the public has offered a comment and they are in support of the proposal, so long as the school does not make it more than one storey in future.

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The deadline for people to offer comments is September 7.

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