Concerns over the consultation process briefly threatened plans by a successful school for autistic children to move to larger premises this week.
Royal Borough cabinet members have overwhelmingly supported plans by Forest Bridge School in Chiltern Road, Bray to move onto a new site at Braywick Park.
But the council’s sole Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Werner ‘called in’ the plan for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel this week.
He praised the school but felt the consultation process about the Braywick Park plan had been inadequate.
Some members of the public who attended the meeting were fiercely opposed to the plan.
Paul Serjeant of Walker Road spoke for many residents when he said: “While I support the school this is not strong enough reason to overcome the principal that we should never build on the Green Belt.”
David Scott, the council’s head of services for young people, said that the full public consultation undertaken last year about plans to build a new leisure centre on Braywick Park had included details of the school well - giving people plenty of time to object then.
He said: "I don't believe we are doing this under the radar. We have done it in a very public way."
Councillors decided not to take any action to frustrate the school’s move. But it will still have to go through the official planning process before work can start on the new building at Braywick Park.