North West Wales

Green light for £12m special school in Gwynedd

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Image caption The new school could open in 2016

Plans for a £12m special school in Gwynedd for children with disabilities and learning difficulties have been backed by planners.

It will be built on land at a business park near Porthmadog, catering for up to 120 primary and secondary pupils.

The building will house 16 classrooms, hydrotherapy treatment rooms and sensory rooms. A consultation on the plans is under way.

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

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

'Important step forward'

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

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

"This is an important step forwards in the process of delivering this fantastic new school," said Gareth Thomas, the cabinet member for education on Gwynedd council.

"Whilst some work remains to be done before construction gets under way, I look forward to seeing this new school situated at a central location that will cater for pupils from Dwyfor and Meirionnydd."

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