Housing scheme proposed for former Necton school, 10 years after merger

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A former village school could be demolished to make way for new homes, 10 years after it first closed, under new proposals.

Developers say their plans for the old Necton First School will raise funds for charitable use if they are approved.

Parish councillors will debate the bid for the first time next week.

But concerns have already been raised about the potential trafffic implications if the scheme is approved.

The latest application, which has been lodged with Breckland Council by the Necton Church and School Estate Trust, seeks outline permission to demolish the existing buildings and construct 10 homes in their place.

Documents submitted as part of the scheme said: “The existing buildings on the site are not seen to have any development potential and it is proposed they are demolished to enable residential development.

“The trustees will use the proceeds of a potential sale of any development land for charitable purposes.”

The report said an existing swimming pool on the site would be retained for what it described as “restricted” school use.

It added that, while the trust owns the buildings, the adjacent playing field is owned by Norfolk County Council and is the subject of a separate planning application.

The old First School closed in 2007, when it was merged with the Middle School to form the Necton CE Primary School, which is now part of the Nar Valley Federation of schools, along with the primaries in Castle Acre and Narborough.

The application is due to be considered by the local parish council when it meets at the village’s community centre on Monday evening.

But one public comment posted on the district council’s website has already warned of a worsening traffic situation around the area if the plan is approved.

Resident Marilyn Newman said: “It will be absolute chaos during term time when parents are dropping off or picking up children.”

But the applicant says the proposal does not include individual access points for each property from School Road, because of the site’s proximity to the primary school.

The village has been identified as a key rural service centre under the district council’s current local plan for development. Up to 300 additional homes are envisaged there over the next two decades, of which around three quarters have already been completed.