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Plans are unveiled for new deaf academy in Devon

An illustration of what the new academy could look like
The academy hopes to submits final planning applications in late spring

Plans to build a new multi-million pound academy for deaf children are due to be unveiled in Devon.

The Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education has said current buildings on Topsham Road are no longer adequate to meet pupil numbers and requirements.

As a result, the academy wants to build a new £25m centre on the former St Nicholas' school site.

Plans for the development will be on public display in the Academy Hall on Thursday from 1400 GMT to 2100 GMT.

Future vision

Staff and trustees, as well as the architects who will draw up plans for the new building, will be on hand to discuss the scheme and there will also be a chance for the public to give feedback and offer their own ideas about the designs.

Jonathan Farnhill, academy chief executive, said: "The event will explain the vision the academy has for the future and how the proposed new building will create an educational environment that is particularly appropriate for deaf children."

He said there would also be information about the academy's current work, its projects in partnership with other Exeter schools, and its training programme in British Sign Language.

The academy hopes to submit final planning applications in late spring.

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