Yarmouth specialist teaching base could stay put for another two years

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A temporary specialist teaching base in Southtown is yet to find a permanent home and could stay at its current site for another two years, if planning permission is approved.

The specialist resource base (SRB) at Southtown Primary School, in Tamworth Lane, caters for children with speech, language and communication needs.

It was installed in 2011 and is one of five SRBs in Norfolk, with the next closet in Norwich and Cromer.

But the facility - which is in a mobile classroom - was meant to be removed from September this year.

Now, documents have been submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council with hopes of demolishing the existing classroom, and putting up a new three-bay mobile.

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If approved, the base could be there until 2018.

The document said: 'At the time it was installed it was hoped that a permanent base might be found but due to a number of factors this has not proved possible. Other locations are still being considered but at this point the facility is still required and provides a much needed service.'

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It is thought that if an alternative host school was found, it would take a minimum of six months to move the service and tie up any legal requirements, plus there would have to be a freeze on any new admissions. Documents said this would create 'real planning pressures on Children's Services.'

A decision should be made by September 15. To view the plans visit the borough council website, or the Town Hall, and quote reference number 06/16/0493/SU.

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