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Plans for the new Orchard Special School and Newark Day Centre are to go on display at a pre-planning drop-in session.

The information session will be held at the existing day centre in London Road, Newark on Wednesday.

The Nottinghamshire County Council development, which is being delivered by Arc Partnership, is expected to open its doors in 2020.

There will be two sessions - 4.30pm to 6pm and 6.30pm to 8pm, where the public can find out more about the £15m project, speak to the delivery team and leave feedback.

Artist impression of the new day centre
Artist impression of the new day centre

The designs being submitted are for a 140-place school, with capacity for expansion to 170 places in the future, as well as a new day service centre for visiting adults with a range of needs.

The new Orchard School site was formally a leisure centre before it was struck by arsonists in September 2017.

The investigation into the fire remains open and Nottinghamshire Police has again asked anyone with information about the fire to contact them.

Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Ms Kay Cutts said: “Our ambitious plans to create a state-of-the-art new Orchard Special School and Newark Day Service are beginning to become reality. Putting our plans on display for the first time is a milestone moment for the project.

“The current Orchard Special School buildings are in desperate need of replacement and cause pupils, parents and teachers with daily difficulties – I am delighted that we are in a position to deliver this project which will transform their environment and transform their daily lives.

“By utilising the adjoining former Grove Leisure site, we will also be bringing a redundant piece of land back into use and are taking the opportunity to develop a new, modern day centre for use by older and vulnerable people.

“I hope local people will come along to our information event and give us feedback on the plans, which underline our commitment to make Nottinghamshire a great place for people to live and bring up their family.”

The redevelopment of the site will mean that the existing day centre will be demolished.

Whilst redevelopment works take place, Woods Court in Newark will be adapted as a temporary new home for the existing day service.

For more information on the plans visit www.arc-partnership.co.uk

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