Plans to build a £10 million special school in Derbyshire have been submitted.
If approved, the new Alfreton Park Community Special School would double the capacity of the current site.
At the moment, the school for children with special educational needs has 84 students enrolled.
However, its capacity is 45-50, meaning pupils and staff currently have less space than required.
This is in part due to the shortage of storage space for dozens of wheelchairs, a prime example of the kind of issue facing the school.
If approved, Derbyshire County Council says the replacement, to be built in an adjoining field, called the Highfield Plantation and would have a capacity of 105 pupils.
The authority is set to debate the plans on Monday, October 7, with planning officers recommending that the application is approved.
A report submitted with the application says that the current building, off Wingfield Road and constructed in the 1960s, is in need of repairs and improvements.
It also says that it is not fit for purpose, particularly for pupils who have mobility issues.
For instance, the main hall is split over two levels.
Recommending approval, council officers wrote: “The proposed development is considered to be of good design and situated within a discrete location which would not result in any significant impacts on the amenity of the area.
“The applicant has demonstrated a justified need for the development to take place.
“Whilst the proposal is for a substantial development, consisting of demolition works, erection of a new school and adventure playground, as well as ancillary works, I do not consider that it would generate any impacts which cannot be mitigated by way of condition.
“The layout and location of the proposed replacement school demonstrates a good and sustainable design.
“The proposed development would contribute towards an increase in noise as a result of the local communities using the facility after school hours.
“However, given the nature of the site and location, I do not consider that this would be to unacceptable levels.
“The development would not, in my opinion, generate significant amounts of traffic or pollution and related nuisances.”
Alfreton Town Council has welcomed the application and says that the relocation of the play area will improve public accessibility due to it being closer to the town centre.
However, it says it is keen to press for public toilets to be built in Alfreton Park as part of the scheme to cope with the increase in footfall.
Two residents wrote letters objecting to the scheme expressing fears over the impact it would have on traffic, enjoyment of the park and further future expansion into surrounding fields.
If approved, the project would see the existing school and adjoining public adventure playground demolished.
The current school site would then become the location of a public adventure playground.
Meanwhile, the single-storey replacement school would have an internal floorspace of 2,986 square metres, including 15 classrooms, six group rooms and a combined hall and dining area.
Each classroom would have its own storage area for mobility equipment.
It is intended that pupils could park the equipment they use to get to school in these areas and swap them out for those they use in school.
Pupils would be aged between two and 19 and would have a variety of special educational needs including autism, learning and communication difficulties, hearing and visual impairments and other complex behaviours.
While the school would cater for more pupils, it also aims to provide them with the recommended amount of space to properly manoeuvre with an increase of around a third.
Nine new members of staff would be hired as part of the development, taking the overall number of employees to 76.
The number of parking spaces would increase from 38 to 118, including spots for disabled users and minibuses.
This is partly as a result of the increase in staff, many in specialised roles.
Demolition of the current school will only take place once the new building is up and running to prevent any disruption to pupils.
Construction is expected to take two years. This will mean there will be no community park on the site for two years while the current one is demolished and the new one rebuilt.