Plans for new £8.5 million North Lynn school approved
Multi-million proposals to move a North Lynn primary school to a new site have been given the go-ahead, it has been announced today.
Planning permission has been granted for a new building on Greenpark Avenue to house the St Edmund's Academy.
Officials hope the new building, which will accommodate up to 420 pupils and a 56-place nursery, will open in the spring of 2020.
The development, which is expected to cost around £8.5 million to complete, replaces the current school building on Kilhams Way.
Stuart Dark, chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee, said the authority is spending more than £100 million on new and improved school buildings, plus a further £120 million on specialist provision.
He added: “The vast majority of Norfolk’s schools are good or outstanding and we believe that Norfolk’s children and teachers deserve the very best.
“St Edmund’s is at the heart of a growing community and I am sure that many generations of children will benefit from this fantastic new building.”
David Collis, divisional county councillor for the area, added: “North Lynn is a growing community and this new school will help to ensure that there are sufficient school places for local children.
“I am also pleased that local families will be able to benefit from the new nursery provision, providing much needed early education places in the area. It’s taken a lot hard work and determination from very many people to get to this point and I am pleased that the new school can now go ahead.”
The existing school building will eventually form part of the new Fen Rivers Academy special school, which was launched on Kilhams Way last year, to enable it to cater for secondary age children as well as primary pupils.