Application submitted for new Gayton school

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A formal planning application has been submitted to build a new, multi-million pound primary school in Gayton.

Consultations are now underway on the proposed development at the corner of Back Street and Winch Road.

The £4.5 million plan, first unveiled last November, allows for a new, 210 place school, a multi-use games area and 27 car parking spaces.

Documents submitted as part of the application, lodged by the county council’s director of children’s services, say the school will open next year.

They said: “The village of Gayton has an existing small 150-year-old primary school and nursery which is no longer fit for purpose due to the ageing buildings and position abutting the main road (B1145) through the village.

“The development site has to the south of the village has been identified as a suitable location with good access for children walking to school and those brought by car from further afield.”

But opponents fear the volume of new housing approved in the village in recent months, and the potential for further developments in the future, means the school will not be big enough.

Almost 100 new homes were approved at three sites in the village last month alone.

They also argue the proposed site is unsuitable for such a development, because of flood risk and traffic concerns.