Local Authority

South Somerset DC

Project Description

Erection of a new SEND School


Somerset SEND School

DPP have prepared and coordinated a Full Planning application for the erection of a new SEND school, on land at Main Street, Ash, Martock, South Somerset.

The development aims to deliver a new 120-pupil SEND school supporting the age range of 5-16 and which provides urgent support for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) as well as Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH).

As a result of DPP showing their skills in managing the process and engaging with the LPA, we were retained as planning consultants following a re-tender process. The application has now been submitted and we are working with the LPA to achieve a prompt determination to allow construction to begin later in 2022.

DPP have successfully co-ordinated a project and consultant team and prepared a comprehensive planning application and accompanying assessment of alternative sites. The proposed development site constitutes greenfield, agricultural land and as such, DPP have engaged closely with the LPA and other key stakeholders to demonstrate the urgent need for school places, and the locational requirements for the school, which in turn outweigh the perceived impact of the loss of the land and its location divorced from the nearest settlement.

Services Provided

  • Pre-Application advice
  • Community Engagement
  • Planning Strategies
  • Planning application preparation and management
  • Project Management