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£6 million Gayton primary school plan approved by councillors

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A multi-million pound plan for a new primary school in a West Norfolk village has been given the go-ahead.

Proposals for the development in Gayton, which will also include a new nursery, were approved by Norfolk County Council's planning committee yesterday.

And officials say they hope the new buildings, which are expected to cost around £6 million, will be open in September 2021.

Gayton - Village Sign. (29800558)
Gayton - Village Sign. (29800558)

Divisional county councillor Graham Middleton said: "I'm delighted the committee has approved the plans for this long-awaited and much-needed school.

"It means that there will be more school places for children in the growing Gayton community and that they'll be learning in some of the most modern classrooms in Norfolk."

The decision comes nearly five years after proposals for a new school to replace the existing Lynn Road site were first outlined.

Initially, education chiefs had wanted to build on a site at the corner of Back Street and Winch Road, but that plan was scrapped because of flood risk concerns.

Late last year, the current proposal to develop a school with space for 210 pupils and a nursery with capacity for 56 youngsters on land at West Hall Farm, off Springvale, was submitted.

And, last month, committee members declined to visit the site before making their decision on whether the scheme should proceed.

The need for a new school in the village is well known, with a number of temporary buildings being used since the school became a through primary in 2011.

But concerns have been raised about the current proposal, particularly in relation to access and the impact on neighbouring residents.

The county council says it expects building work on the site to begin this summer.

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