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Borough officials endorse plan for new Gayton school

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Proposals for a new school in a West Norfolk village would not cause major harm to the area, according to borough planning officials.

Traffic and access issues are among the concerns raised by some residents of Gayton about the plan to develop land at West Hall Farm, off Springvale.

But West Norfolk Council officers have urged the authority to raise no objection to the scheme when they consider it at a planning committee meeting next Monday.

Gayton - Village Sign. (27760526)
Gayton - Village Sign. (27760526)

The authority is a consultee on the application, which will be determined by Norfolk County Council.

Officers' report to members concluded: “The LPA considers that the proposed development accords with the overarching government guidance in relation to such proposals and that it would not result in any significant detrimental harm to the locality.”

The recommendation came after Norfolk county councillors voted not to visit the site at a planning meeting in Norwich on Friday.

Members there warned they were at risk of “failing in their duty”, if there were further delays to the new application for a new 210-place primary school and a 56-place nursery to replace the existing school in Lynn Road.

Labour’s former council chairman David Collis said: “I live quite near the site and there are objections from people who really feel they’re going to lose certain advantages of their property.”

He added: “But I have not come up with anything that amounts to a serious objection which would lead to us saying this isn’t the site.

“The thing which affects me most is the fact we are currently not supplying a school in that area and are to some extent failing in our duty.”

Conservative Brian Long said: “There will be folk who say that isn’t the best place for the school. That could go on and on and 18 months could have passed and children should have been going to that school.

“There’s for and against but I don’t think we need to look at it.”

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