ANDOVER town council has given its support to a planning application put forward by a special education needs school to allow it to expand.

As previously reported, Icknield School, on River Way, has applied for planning permission to build a three-classroom extension with associated toilet facilities and a hygiene room.

It comes as the school, which caters for pupils with special educational needs, is due to provide an additional ten pupil places according to Hampshire County Council, after plans for its expansion was approved by Cllr Roz Chadd earlier this year.

At a meeting of the ATC Planning Committee on Monday, October 25, members offered no objections to the plans, which will now be considered by Test Valley Borough Council.

However, concerns were raised regarding the scale of the expansion, particularly by Cllr Nigel Long, who said: “I think space is going to get really tight, as they are getting a lot of work done there, but it is needed.”

Icknield is also planning to remodel parts of the existing building to improve circulation and provide learning resource areas, whilst all classrooms will be refurbished and access will be improved by widening external doorways.

But headteacher Sean Cannon said that the refurbishment will see the school lose a classroom as well.

The extension will be located to the south of the existing building and also feature a new staff room and storage space.

The positioning of the extension in the south-east corner allows the new classrooms ease of access to all play areas, including early years.

Full details of the application can be viewed at https://view-applications.testvalley.gov.uk/online-applications/ using reference 21/03003/HCC3N