Parents of children with special educational needs in Wiltshire are delighted after the Council agreed to extend a public consultation and withdraw its decision to close three special schools.
Larkrise School in Trowbridge, St Nicholas School in Chippenham and Rowdeford School in Devizes were all earmarked for closure because they were at full capacity.
The Council proposed for a new 'super-school' to be built near Devizes.
The authority has now announced it will consider other options on how to invest £20m into special school education, after campaigners argued the closures would have a huge impact on their children.
Parents from Larkrise and St Nicholas launched a legal challenge against the plans and were due to attend a hearing in April.
South West Wiltshire MP Andrew Murrison held a debate in the House of Commons earlier this month on the issue.
He said: "My vulnerable young constituents and their families want the money spent on Larkrise rather than on a new mega school miles from home."
The Council said in a statement yesterday (Monday 25 March):
All responses from the previous consultation, between 9 January and 1 March this year, will be now treated as part of a "pre-publication consultation" and will still be considered as part of the process.
The cabinet will make a decision about the next steps by the summer, after the end of this extended consultation period
Terence Herbert, Director of Children's Services at the Council, said: "We all want the very best for our children and young people with SEND. Schools in the north of the county are full and there will need to be an additional 220 spaces by 2023."