A PUBLIC inquiry into whether a new school campus should be built on Portland has been adjourned early after one of the barristers was taken ill.

The inquiry at the Heights Hotel started on Tuesday.

It is being held to determine whether a new Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) campus should be sited at Southwell Business Park.

IPACA is appealing against a decision by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning committee to refuse permission for the development at Maritime House.

It was adjourned on day three of the hearing this morning after Stephen Morgan, representing Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, was taken ill.

Head of Projects and Specialist Services at the borough council Andrew Martin said: "The Maritime House inquiry was due to adjourn for a few weeks on Friday anyway, but adjourned early because the borough council’s barrister was unfortunately taken ill.

“The inquiry will reconvene on Monday 17 March at 2pm, with the venue to be confirmed.”