PACE plan early years centre

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A FORMER car dealership could be converted into a centre providing services for disabled children with disorders such as cerebral palsy if planning permission is granted.

The PACE Centre has applied to redevelop the vacant site on Wendover Road, Stoke Mandeville.

The proposed centre would mainly focus on young children, aged up to seven, and complement the existing PACE primary school services at Coventon Road and secondary services within Heritage House School in Chesham.

It is intended to provide facilities for parent and child services for children aged up to three, two nursery classes for 12 to 14 children aged three to six and a specialist reception class for six to eight children aged four to seven.

There will also be a community services classroom for around 10 children from nurseries and schools attending specialist sessions, a flat for older children to learn to live independently and a play area with adapted equipment.

The centre would allow PACE to consolidate its existing Early Years services onto one site and provide expansion space in response to the continuing growth in demand for its services.

It will also provide training facilities to allow PACE staff to develop and extend their skills to similar organisations around the country.

PACE chief executive Amanda Richardson said: “We are very excited about this opportunity to develop a new Early Years Centre for PACE.

“Our proposed new centre will mean that more children will be able to have the early input they need to help them achieve their full potential in life.”

A decision on the scheme will be made by planning officers later this month.

PACE operates at four Aylesbury sites, with more than 80 staff working with over 100 children aged up to 18.