Bid for new primary school in Attleborough is launched

Ever more housing has prompted the need for more school places in Attleborough.

Ever more housing has prompted the need for more school places in Attleborough. - Credit: Archant

A new 630-pupil primary school could be on the way for Attleborough following a planning application made by Norfolk County Council.

The council has applied to Breckland district council for permission to build the school, which would include a 52-place nursery building.

The school is designed to cater for the town's booming population, which is expected to double over the next few decades as thousands more homes are built.

The campus would be built at the southern end of the town in London Road, in a field between the current Skoda dealership and new housing.

Attleborough's mayor Tony Perkins said while the plan was yet to come before the council, the concept was a positive one.

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He said: 'We'd welcome a new school, as it's need for the expansion of the town. We can only look at the plans when they come in front of us at the town hall.'

Mr Perkins said some parents he had spoken to were concerned that proposed location was some distance from the town's other schools including Attleborough Academy, and this could be a problem if parents had to drop off children in time for class at both schools.

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He said transport links to the site would also need to be improved.

'We will need to look at issues like footpaths and cycle-ways down to the school for safety reasons,' he said.

'These are some of the comments that I've had from parents and I hope these issues are taken on board when they make a final decision on it.'

The proposed school would have 65 employees including teachers, and the site would have 60 car parking spaces and 20 cycle spaces.

Earlier this year a report by county council education officers identified Attleborough as one area where new housing development were putting the squeeze on current schools' ability to cope.

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