North West Wales

£12m special school plans for Penrhyndeudraeth unveiled

Special school
Image caption The new school could open in 2016

Plans for a special school with respite accommodation for children with disabilities and learning difficulties have been unveiled.

The £12.4m school would be built on land at a business park near Porthmadog, catering for up to 120 primary and secondary pupils.

If approved the building would house 16 classrooms, hydrotherapy treatment rooms and sensory rooms.

Pupils at Ysgol Hafod Lon and Uned Aran could be relocated there by 2016.

A planning application submitted to the council includes proposals for a biomass energy centre and solar panels, which could help power the school.

The chosen site is at the Snowdonia Business Park at Minffordd, between Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth.

Two residential units at the new school could provide short-term respite stays, while an orchard, cafe, outdoor theatre and a games area are also planned.

The plans will be discussed at a planning meeting on 28 July.

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