First look at plans for new 210-pupil primary school in Norfolk village
PUBLISHED: 16:27 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:47 21 September 2018
A new primary school and nursery with capacity for more than 200 children has been touted for a village close to Norwich - replacing its existing one.
Norfolk County Council has applied to itself for planning permission to build a new school in Trowse with Newton, on a hectare of land off White Horse Lane.
The new school has been proposed to help ease the strain on others in the area, as housing developments look to bring more families to the village.
The project’s design and access statement states that once complete, the main school will provide space for 210 pupils, with the nursery providing capacity for 24 pre-school children.
The plans set out for a seven-classroom building, with a multi-purpose hall and library.
If the plan goes ahead, it would see the new school replace the existing Trowse Primary School, on Dell Loke, with staff and pupils relocating to the new site.
However, the plans have also been prepared with a view to the school expanding further, should demand increase in years to come.
The statement says: “In an effort to ‘future proof’ the external works proposals, the landscape masterplan allows for a possible expansion to a 1.5 form entry school.
“Space is made available for the extension of classrooms, ensuring the continuous flow of activity already achieved is not hampered.”
Trevor Lewis, district councillor for Trowse, said: “The plans are very welcome as Trowse Primary School is currently very limited in the numbers it can take. It is definitely needed.”
It is hoped the new school will be completed by spring 2020, subject to planning approval.
Meanwhile, the existing - a grade two listed building - could be turned into a free school.
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We will follow the required process which involves offering the site as a potential free school to the Department for Education.
“Subject to the outcome of that, we would explore any possible re-use for wider educational purposes and then any other use by the county council.”