Site switch plan for King’s Lynn school in housing scheme

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Plans to relocate a North Lynn school as part of a major housing development will go before council chiefs next week.

A consultation is currently underway on the proposal to move the St Edmund’s Community Foundation School, to land within the area of the Lynnsport housing scheme.

If the scheme goes ahead, the school’s current site, in Kilhams Way, could become home to a specialist school for youngsters with social and mental health problems.

West Norfolk Council chiefs are proposing to transfer an area of land off Greenpark Avenue to Norfolk County Council to enable the move to take place.

The scheme, which will go before the authority’s ruling cabinet on Tuesday, has been drawn up as an alternative to the financial contributions that would otherwise have had to be provided for education provision to enable the housing schemes to proceed.

A borough report said: “The St Edmund’s school site is considered to be too detached and remote from the main residential areas in North Lynn and is accessed via a pedestrian underpass under Edward Benefer Way.

“The development of a new school facility off Greenpark Avenue is considered to have wide ranging strategic benefits in the provision of education facilities and in the integration of communities at North Lynn, the Grange Estate and on Wootton Road.”

County education officers say the move will also enable the school to expand.

Staff, parents, governors and local residents are currently being consulted on the idea. The consultation will continue until March 20.

A spokesman said yesterday: “If we achieve the relocation, the current site can be considered for alternative use and we are working with the school and its trust on the way forward.

“It is currently proposed the buildings used by St Edmund’s and the West Norfolk Professional Development Centre will house a specialist academy for learners with social emotional and mental health difficulties, run by Catch22.”