Planners set to decide on new estate on Claydon high school site in Gorleston


- Credit: Nick Butcher

Detailed plans for a new 113-home estate on the former Claydon high school site, in Gorleston, will be discussed by planners on Wednesday.

The former Claydon school site.

The former Claydon school site. - Credit: Archant

Badger Building's layout for the scheme has been put together following consultations with local people and neighbours who - on the whole - have been supportive of what the Lowestoft-based developer is trying to achieve.

Planning officers have signalled their backing for the development called Claydon Park which already has outline permission for 110 homes.

The school closed in 1990 and was pulled down in 2001.

Since then the site, the size of five football pitches, has been the scene of several attempts to build on it, with an earlier scheme for three-storey properties drawing major concerns.

Under the plans the site will see a range of two, three, and four bedroom homes, 20pc of which will be affordable.

Access will be from Beccles Road and Burgh Road on a divided plot linked by a footpath and open space.

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Papers prepared for development control committee members reveal little opposition although officials are recommending one area of the site is revisited given concerns about the siting of some of the units and the impact on privacy.

However capacity at the infant school is said to be a problem with the site likely to generate around 14 new pupils who would be unable to find places.

As a result a contribution of £139,728 is needed to pay for the internal modelling needed to accommodate them at neighbouring Wroughton.

A contribution of £60 per dwelling is also required for library books.

The report notes four representations had been received, one of which praised the developer for its 'well-planned and imaginative' scheme which had addressed all of the neighbour's concerns.

Officers say it will make a good contribution to the borough's housing needs.

The application will be discussed on Wednesday in the council chamber at 6.30pm.