Homes proposed for site of former King’s Lynn special school

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Dozens of new homes could be built on the sites of a former special school and nursery if plans are approved by councillors next week.

Separate outline proposals have been put forward to demolish Marsh House and the old Alderman Jackson School, both on Marsh Lane, Gaywood, and build a total of 38 new homes.

The applications, both submitted by Norfolk County Council, are due to go before the West Norfolk Council next Monday, September 1.

Borough officials have recommended that the plans are approved if legal agreements are completed within three months of the meeting, or refused if that does not happen.

However, they maintain the proposals can be accommodated on the respective sites.

Apart from a short period when it was used as temporary accommodation for the College of West Anglia during building works, the Alderman Jackson School site has stood empty since 2010, following a reorganisation of special school provision.

Twenty-four new homes are envisaged in that development.

And a planning statement submitted by county council chiefs said both it and the Marsh House site, where 14 properties are envisaged, was now surplus to the authority’s requirements.

It went on: “Without a permanent alternative use being found, it is likely that the majorityof the site would remain empty and deteriorate further in condition.”

Meanwhile, Marsh House has been empty since 2012 when county officials told the Tom Thumb day nursery, which had been based there, to find alternative accommodation.

The applicants maintain that their proposals will also help to regenerate the area.

No objections have been lodged against the proposals so far, though two residents have raised concerns about the potential impact of the developments on their properties. There will also be further consultations if full applications are submitted.