Plans for new school put on hold amid objection from the Environment Agency
- Credit: Ian Burt
Plans for a school to be relocated to a new site have been put on hold as councillors agree to carry out a site visit.
This comes after the Environment Agency lodged an objection to the latest proposal for the Gayton Church of England Primary School to be moved to land between the junction of Back Street and Winch Road.
The objection by the EA was received on January 4, where it stated a blocked culvert, a drainage structure on site, meant the model report they had previously reviewed and accepted was no longer fit for purpose.
It added: 'The drawings and information we reviewed at the time did not indicate a permanent blockage and therefore it was not included in the model or allowed for in our review.
'We suggest that the applicant undertakes remodelling or the culvert is cleared out to allow for full capacity.'
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A Norfolk County Council report states consultations continue with the EA to resolve the issues raised.
The proposal states the new school will include 210 places for pupils, plus a nursery for 52 children.
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It also states the existing school in Lynn Road, which accommodates 152 pupils, is no longer fit for purpose in the growing village.
The greenfield site, owned by the Gayton Estate, falls outside the development boundary identified for Gayton in an area of flood risk.
The county council's planning committee received 44 objections from residents, with some highlighting concerns of traffic and flooding.
But 43 people supported the plans, with many pointing to the need for a new school in the village.
Officials had put forward recommendations for the plans to be approved at a planning committee meeting on January 5 before it was cancelled.
A report by the committee states: 'Given the nature of the application, it is considered that a planned site visit would be beneficial to enable Members of the Planning (Regulatory) Committee to understand: the details of the proposed development; the site and its surroundings; and issues raised by both consultees and local residents.'
No date has been given for the proposed site visit.