Little Plumstead Primary looks to double in size to 420 pupils
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A primary school is looking to double in size - from 210 pupils to 420.
After approval was granted in 2016 for 88 new homes to be built at the old Little Plumstead Hospital site, conditions included providing a car park and new land for playing fields for the local school.
This has paved the way for Little Plumstead Primary School to expand and soak up the extra pressure on school places, partly from residents at the new homes.
However, according to a planning statement from NPS Group, on behalf of Little Plumstead Primary, the planned new access and parking facility 'did not meet the school's operational requirements'.
After reviewing options, the best course was decided as extending the school onto the current car park, and building a new car park on vacant land to the east.
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A land swap between the school and the adjoining landowner is under way, and a planning application has been submitted to Norfolk County Council for an extension of the school.
NPS adds in its planning statement the proposal would help 'strengthen educational provision' at Little Plumstead Primary.
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'The proposal is to provide a two storey extension to the front of the school on the existing car park and provision of a car park on vacant land to the east of the school site,' it said.
'The extension has been designed with a series of flat roofed blocks from single storey, through one and a half up to two storey. This design approach will reduce the bulk and scale of the building.
'The extension will also be constructed with materials to match the existing school.
'The proposal would result in the loss of the 'potential' to provide a children's play area next to the school which was supported by the Parish Council and shown on the outline planning application. However, the use of this area of land for a play area did not form part of the reserved matters scheme and an alternative equipped children's play area has been provided within the residential site.
'The proposal would not, therefore result in the loss of open space/play area.'
Little Plumstead Primary was rebuilt after a £5m investment and opened its doors to pupils in 2011.