09:56AM, Thursday 27 September 2012
Beech Lodge School secured planning permission last night to move into a Hurley farm on a temporary basis.
The independent facility is set to open in buildings at Top Farm in Honey Lane for two years while the search continues to find it a permanent home.
Permission was granted by Maidenhead development control panel at a meeting at the town hall, on the condition that the school remains at the site for no longer than the permission states.
Founders of Beech Lodge include property developer Michael Shanly, his partner Daniela Szmigielska, who was present at the meeting, and Emma and Nigel Barklem.
The school will begin with no more than 10 children aged between nine and 13, but will eventually cater for seven to 16-year-olds who need a learning environment tailored to their needs.
The Beech Lodge team had put in an offer to buy land previously home to Holyport Manor School in Ascot Road, Holyport, earlier this year.
But they lost out to a rival bid made by a group headed by deputy council leader Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) which plans to open a free school there in 2014.
Cllr Dudley left the room while the meeting took place and did not take part in the voting.
See next week's Advertiser for a full report.
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