Plan to double size of King’s Lynn school is criticised

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Plans to double the size of a Gaywood primary school have not taken the impact on nearby roads and residents into account, borough council officials say.

The application to expand St Martha’s Catholic Primary School, in Field Lane, will be debated by the West Norfolk Council planning committee next Monday, December 1.

But, although it cannot decide whether to grant permission or not, planning officers have called on the committee to object to the proposal, submitted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.

Their report said of the application: “It lacks information and takes no account of the knock-on impacts on the wider road network.

“The supporting documentation also pays very little regard to the impact that the proposed development would have on the amenity of occupiers of nearby dwellings, an impact that your officers believe would be significant and of a degree to warrant an objection.”

Concerns have also been raised about the potential impact on air quality in the area, which is close to an existing air quality control area.

Because the application has been submitted to, and will be determined by, Norfolk County Council, the borough planning committee is acting as a consultee.

County education chiefs and diocese officials say the expansion is needed in order to meet growing demand for school places in the area.

The report points out that the nearby Gaywood Community Primary School is supporting the proposal and is itself oversubscribed.

And the applicants maintain their proposals to introduce a drop-off zone with a walkway to the school and more than quadruple the amount of on-site parking available to staff will help to address concerns over traffic in the area.

However, more than 20 people have already objected to the proposal.

The officers’ report on the application was published ahead of a public meeting called by residents who are unhappy with the proposal.

The meeting takes place at the Wildfowler pub on Gayton Road tonight at 8pm.