Bowmer & Kirkland

Local Authority

Northumberland County Council

Project Description

Construction of new school


Gilbert Ward Academy

DPP successfully secured planning permission for the construction of a new school for 80 pupils aged 11-16 (KS3/4) with Autism and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, with associated access, car parking, open playground space and MUGA on the site of the former Blyth Princess Louise First School, Princess Louise Road in Blyth, Northumberland. The proposed development was approved unanimously at Strategic Planning Committee on 5th July 2022.

The proposed development will include the construction of a new two-storey SEND school with associated access, car parking, open playground space and MUGA, which will deliver much needed SEND places for pupils in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Gateshead, and Newcastle upon Tyne.

The proposed development was fully supported by the Northumberland County Council Education team as there is a need for SEND pupil places across Northumberland.

DPP worked closely with the client and project team to overcome the key site constraints, such as noise impact due to the close proximity of nearby residential properties to the site, and to deliver a planning permission with a minimal number of pre-commencement conditions to ensure a timely start on site.

Services Provided

  • Pre-Application advice
  • Community Engagement
  • Planning Strategies
  • Discharge of Planning Conditions
  • Planning application preparation and management
  • Project Management
  • Submission of planning application