Swaffham green centre makes bid for eco-classroom

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Lottery-supported plans to build an eco-classroom at Swaffham’s Green Britain Centre have been submitted to council officials.

Details of the proposal for the new building at the Turbine Way site were published by Breckland Council this week. The plans had been formally submitted late last month.

If approved, the plan would allow for the construction of a pre-fabricated octagonal building on the site, which would be used as an educational facility.

The scheme has already been given a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund under its Awards for All programme.

But, in a letter to the authority which it published on Monday, Dawn Bodill, legal counsel for the centre’s owners, Ecotricity, said: “This is subject to time constraints.

“As such, we request that the council endeavour to determine this application as urgently as possible.”

She added: “The classroom is intended to be used to enable groups to enhance educational activities by providing a new resource, raising awareness of renewable sources of energy, with hands on learning and activities for schools, holiday clubs and individuals.

“The building will also assist the existing use as an educational facility for nearby schools and colleges.”

The application has yet to be debated by town councillors, who held their last meeting of the year on Wednesday.