A Mansfield woman is spearheading a campaign to save a Ladybrook plot of land which as become a wildlife sanctuary from development.
The land on Townroe Drive was formerly occupied by Ladybrook Primary School but is now earmarked for development by The Flying High Academy, which is currently situated just down the road.
The new state-of-the art rebuild would feature 16 classrooms, the latest ICT equipment and increase capacity from 330 to 480.
But wildlife campaigner Rebecca Brown said animals including birds, squirrels and foxes had taken up residence at the site.
She added: “These creatures are already under threat from huge loss of habitat and now they have claimed back this small part of land as a safe haven.
“We want the site to stay this way and to help educate people of all ages on how to care for and learn about our wildlife before it is too late for them.
“People have dozens of schools to choose from. These animals will have no other choices if their homes are destroyed.”
A public and community consultation on the build is set to take place in September prior to application for planning permission.
If all goes to schedule, the building work is expected to start later this year or early next year with an anticipated completion in November next year.
Flying High Academy’s headteacher Tony Warsop said: “It is really exciting and just what the community of Ladybrook deserves.
“One of the values we try to instil into the children here is pride - and this will be a school of which we can all be proud.
“The existing school building dates back for the 1950s and was originally a secondary school. It is getting run-down and needs replacing and would have cost hundreds of thousands to refurbish.
“But we have suffered from flooding here and the new site is that much higher up the hill, so moving makes sense.”
To sign Rebecca Brown’s petition you can use efollowing weblink: http://tinyurl.com/khxf5kt.