The installation of a temporary classroom block for three years at a borough's largest special school has been granted planning permission by councillors.

The move as part of a strategy to increase provision for pupils with additional needs.

The building at Newfield School in Old Bank Lane, Blackburn, will be a stopgap while two new permanent extensions to the school are constructed.

The new temporary block would be near the existing classrooms

Both moves are part of a wider strategy to prevent children being sent out of Blackburn with Darwen borough for their education.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's planning committee unanimously approves the scheme at the site near the Royal Blackburn Hospital with five conditions.

The temporary classroom block within the school grounds adjacent to the main buildings will provide two classrooms.

They will offer a learning environment of similar quality as that found within the existing teaching spaces.

Adding temporary classroom will meet a short-term need whilst Blackburn with Darwen Council focuses on the permanent enlargement of the existing school buildings, which is expected to commence in early 2024.