B+K, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich

Nexus obtained planning permission for a new Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) school on Woodbridge Road in Ipswich. The application was submitted following pre-application engagement with the Borough and District Council, the local community and key stakeholders.

The new school provides spaces for 60 pupils in a specialist environment designed to accommodate their individual learning needs. A full range of ancillary facilities were included as part of the proposal such as a multi-use games area, outdoor dining and social spaces, onsite parking with a drop-off area, associated landscaping, and new pedestrian access.

Our Solutions

Nexus Planning attended planning committee on behalf of the applicant where we stressed the importance of SEND education provision in the district for which there is a significant need. At planning committee in November 2021 members originally raised concerns in relation to site access which resulted in the application being deferred. These concerns were promptly addressed, and the application was approved at planning committee in December 2021.

The Outcome

The scheme, which has recently been completed, was delivered by B+K through the Department for Education’s Off-Site Framework, which focuses on the efficient delivery of high-quality schools, which are built through Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).