Community centre to become children's mental health referral unit

17-Jul-2017

Planning permission granted for specialist unit in Essex for pupils with behavioural problems

Plans have been unveiled to turn an Essex community centre into a specialist unit for young people with behavioural problems.

The Wickford-based Hearts Academy Trust has been granted outline planning permission from Basildon Council to turn Briscoe Community Centre in Felmores End, Pitsea, into a referral unit for pupils with social and emotional mental health needs.

Pupils will stay in mainstream education centres, but will attend the unit on a sort-term basis until they are ready to return to the classroom full time.

The proposals include two classrooms, a lunch room, a breakaway room, a ‘nurture room’, and toilets, while outside there will be a secure play area.

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Led by Alderton Associates, the building is based in the grounds of Briscoe Primary School and Nursery, part of the Hearts Academy Trust. It is currently used as a crèche and for community events.

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