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New primary school plan for King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 14:11 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 November 2017

An artist impression of a proposed new school in West Norfolk. It is potentially being built near Lynnsport off Greenpark Avenue. Photo: Norfolk County Council

An artist impression of a proposed new school in West Norfolk. It is potentially being built near Lynnsport off Greenpark Avenue. Photo: Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

Plans have gone on show for a new primary school in West Norfolk.

An artist impression of a proposed new school in West Norfolk. It is potentially being built near Lynnsport off Greenpark Avenue. Photo: Norfolk County Council An artist impression of a proposed new school in West Norfolk. It is potentially being built near Lynnsport off Greenpark Avenue. Photo: Norfolk County Council

Parents, residents and other interested parties are being asked for their views on a proposed new school and nursery which could be built near Lynnsport, off Greenpark Avenue in North Lynn.

Norfolk County Council wants to relocate the existing St Edmund’s Academy Primary School, on Kilhams Way, to a brand new site on the new Lovell housing development.

It says it would create a modern school building with up to date classrooms and a playing field, along with a new nursery school.

The new building would allow the school to grow to provide 420 school places, with the potential to expand further if needed in the future.

St Edmund’s, near the Lynn North Fire and Rescue Station, currently has room for 315 children.

The project has been put forward by the county council. IT says it will create more school places and better learning facilities for children in growing communities, with some of the funding coming from developer contributions.

A design team from NPS Property Consultants has been working closely with St Edmund’s and the county council on possible designs for the project.

The plans have been on public display this week. They show a sleek, two-storey building, replacing the single storey current school, which was built in the 1970s.

Hundreds of new homes are planned for former sports pitches near Lynnsport and other sites on Greenpark Avenue, off Columbia Way.

More than 300 of them are expected to be offered to first time buyers via a help to buy scheme.

Original plans for 550 new homes on the site were scaled back to 400 after public consultation sessions.

A new access road has already been built from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport to ease congestion.

The county council says once the planning application for the school has been submitted there will be the usual opportunity for individuals and interested parties to express their views. Display boards will remain on show at St Edmund’s.

If approved, it is hoped work could start in summer 2018 with the building completed the following year.

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