Seashell Trust has been granted permission to build a new school and campus following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
The new facility will redevelop the charity’s land on Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme and existing school buildings. Seashell Trust intend to use part of the land for housing, the sale of which will fund the new campus.
The charity’s current facilities in Cheadle Hulme were developed in the 1950s for students who did not require access to specialist interventions and are no longer fit for the more complex needs of today’s children.
The redevelopment of Seashell Trust’s campus which will include a new state of the art school building and improved and extended sports, leisure and recreational facilities.
Stockport Council had originally denied planning permission , however Seashell Trust appealed the decision, escalating it to the Planning Inspectorate and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which has ruled in favour of planning approval, as the benefits of additional housing stock and social and economic benefits of improved facilities outweigh the negative impact on Stockport’s Greenbelt.
Seashell Trust said in a statement following the successful appeal:
We are absolutely delighted with today’s decision published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which sees the Planning Inspectorate allowing our appeal and granting planning permission for Seashell’s new school and campus.
All of our team at Seashell are currently working incredibly hard to manage the needs of our children and young people in the challenging circumstances created by the global pandemic and that will remain our focus for as long as is needed, but this decision paves the way for a new, positive direction for Seashell.
We very much look forward to working closely with the local community and Stockport Council as we move forward with the development of our new school and campus and a bright new future for Seashell.