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Plans for new specialist autism school in Fakenham to be unveiled

Residents are being invited to a pre-planning drop-in event to view plans for a new school in Fakenham for children and young people with autism.

The school would be based on the former Fakenham College site, subject to planning and other approvals and is part of Norfolk County Council’s £120m investment to transform education for children with special educational needs and disabilities in the county.

The proposal is to develop a school that will provide modern learning facilities for up to 100 children and young people aged 5-16 with autism.

Visitors Guide scenes around Fakenham - the town sign.. (28014636)
Visitors Guide scenes around Fakenham - the town sign.. (28014636)

It would be run by an academy trust with experience of providing this type of specialist education.

Applications from providers for running the school have been submitted and the Government will make the final decision about the successful applicant in early spring.

A planning application is timetabled to be submitted in February and a formal consultation about the plans will take place during that process.

If approved, the new school could start accepting pupils from early 2022.

The drop-in event will be taking place at Fakenham Community Centre, Oak Street, today from 2-6pm.

Representatives from the design team from NPS Property Consultants and the children’s services team will be on hand to answer questions.

County councillor for Fakenham, Tom FitzPatrick said: “I am aware that the community is interested in knowing what will happen elsewhere on the site and I am absolutely committed to continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure their interests are represented as the plan for the site develops.

“I am delighted that, as part of this process, we have already been able to offer a parcel of land to the cricket club to help support their ambitions and that we are talking to the Town Council about how they can use parts of the site for the benefit of the community.”

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