06:00 1 May 2022
A Rainham wedding venue could be redeveloped into a teaching center and homes for children with special educational needs (SEN).
The Witherslack Group applied to convert the main Moor Hall building into a learning centre, while three children’s houses would be built in place of the existing cottages, shed and marquee, all of which would be demolished.
Of the three new houses, two would contain five bedrooms and one eight.
The development, located midway between Rainham Quarry and Kennington Park, would also include 76 parking spaces, two of which would be disabled spaces.
Moor Hall has recently been used as both a wedding venue and a home, hosting up to 40 weddings a year.
Witherslack provides education and care for young people with a range of needs, including those with communication difficulties as well as complex learning demands.
In its application, Witherslack details the current situation at its nearest site in west Oxfordshire, saying the development would allow it to meet a growing need from local authorities.
Witherslack Group has been approached for comment.
Consult the plans under reference P0390.22.