A RESIDENTIAL school at Ipstones Edge has been given the green light to expand it's pupil numbers by two.
Despite objections from neighbours, parish councillors and a petition bearing 164 signatures, planners at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) approved proposals for Evergreen to house eight pupils aged between six and 13.
Conditions attached to the planning permission mean any future expansions at the school will need to be considered by the planning applications committee.
Evergreen is currently classed as a home for up to six children, but will now become a residential school for up to eight pupils.
Linda Malyon from Ipstones spoke at the meeting at Moorlands House, Leek, on Thursday. She said: “The parish council strongly object to the increase in this application.
“The development of bringing more children into there is really not right in that area.
“The roads up there in bad weather are impassable – I can’t understand why they’ve put it forward.
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