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SCHOOL EXPANSION: Petition launched as final designs revealed for school’s relocation to Croxley

 Published on: 4th April 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local residents have criticised plans to relocate a special school from Abbots Langley to Croxley.

On Tuesday, March 5, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) revealed the final designs for Breakspeare School’s new home at a former playing field near Little Green Junior School. According to the designs, the special school will be accessible only via Manor Way, a residential cul-de-sac off Baldwins Lane.

In a public comment posted on the designs, one resident noted that roads should have a minimum width of 6.1m to be suitable as a school access road, according to Hertfordshire Highways’ regulations. The resident alleges that Manor Way is 4.8m wide.

County councillor Chris Lloyd has also voiced his objection to the choice of access road.

He said: “Whilst I support the need for a new special needs school, I do question if HCC has just used the easy option of a residential cul-de-sac that will, if agreed, have 280 vehicles using it twice a day.”

Cllr Lloyd has launched a petition asking HCC to reconsider access requirements. You can view the petition at

A spokesperson for HCC said: “The new development of Breakspeare School is part of HCC’s capital investment into expanding provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Hertfordshire. As part of this expansion, we are investing £91million to create 1,000 new SEND school places in specialist and mainstream schools by 2026.

“The planning application has been submitted to the Spatial Planning team at HCC and will be considered and determined upon by HCC’s Development Control Committee.

“If approved, Breakspeare School will be able to accommodate 210 pupils in its new building, once it opens in spring 2026.”

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