PLANS to turn a former office building in the town centre into a school for children who cannot be supported ‘appropriately’ in a mainstream setting have been rejected by Barnsley Council.

An application - from Compass Schools - to turn the office building, on Victoria Road, into a new school for up to 24 pupils was submitted in April.

However, following public consultation and a discussion by the council’s planning board, the proposals were rejected this week.

A decision notice states: “The applicants did not enter any pre-application discussions with the authority or provide any evidence that they have fully engaged with the council’s education department to provide a service that is required.

“The applicant did not submit sufficient details in terms of pupil drop-offs and pick-ups or what preventative measures are proposed.

“As such, the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposed development would not give rise to unacceptable harm to parking and highway safety.”