Planning decision for Sir Isaac Newton Free School in Norwich is postponed

Sir Isaac Newton Free School plans for former Bethel Street fire station. An artists impression of h

Sir Isaac Newton Free School plans for former Bethel Street fire station. An artists impression of how the new city centre school could look. - Credit: Archant

A decision on whether a new free school can be set up in the heart of Norwich has been postponed.

The Sir Isaac Newton Free School sixth-form, which would specialise in science and maths A-levels, is due to open in September at the former Bethel Street fire station in Norwich.

Having first been approved by the department for education last year, the school has now had its funding agreement signed off by ministers, which will allow it to recruit staff.

But the school also needs to secure permission from Norwich City Council to change the use of the former fire station and to make some alterations to the Grade II listed building.

The city council's planning committee was due to make that decision this morning, but it was found the correct legal procedure for notifying land owners of the plans had not been followed.


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It is expected the plans will go before the committee again within the next two months.

- For more information about the free school, see the link at the top-right of this page.

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