St Helens Clock Face SEN school, Euan Kellie, P, Planning docs

St Helens Council has approved plans for the former Clock Face pub to become a school. Credit: Planning docs

St Helens pub to become SEN school

The former Clock Face public house will be transformed into a facility for 54 pupils.

Euan Kellie Property Solutions has advised on the proposal for the Clock Face Road site from the pre-planning stage through to submitting the plans and gaining approval.

St Helens Council’s planning department has approved the proposals with the need for an SEN outweighing the loss of a community facility.

Bright Futures Care will be the operator for the school which will cater to students aged five to 25 with autistic spectrum disorder, and related sensory, communication, and language needs.

There will be nine classrooms as part of the scheme designed to help preserve a local landmark through refurbishment and a rear extension.

A large covered beer garden and metal clad shed will be demolished as part of the work on the 43,000 sq ft site.

Classrooms will be spread across two floors with a lift to be installed. A total of 36 parking spaces will also be created as part of the development.

The pub had been marketed for sale by Sydney Phillips, but the only interested parties were BFC and another potential buyer, neither of whom wanted to continue operating the venue as a public house according to the planning officer report.

As well as Euan Kellie, DV Architects, SK Transport, Amenity Tree Care, LK Group, Preston Lee Chambers, Collington Winter, and Philip Wright Associates make up the project team.

To view the plans, search for reference number P/2024/0018/FUL on St Helens Council’s planning portal.

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Another pub lost, another asset to the community gone. I know there is a crying need for extra SEN provision, but not at the expence of our local pubs please. It is not as if we haven’t enough already. Should look for another site. Same council that wants to close and demolish a pub next to the bus station to provide a bit of lanscaping. Rotten to the core.

By Steven Robertson

Great re-use. Ask Jonny Vegas to open it.

By Wolfie

This idea is much welcome to me children with learning disabilities don’t get the support they should in school and when they leave school

By Mr's j heaps

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