Plans to expand two Norfolk schools given the go ahead
Schoolchildren and parents are looking at improved facilities in two Norfolk schools after planning permission was given the go ahead today.
Queens Hill Primary School in Costessey will see changes including ten new classrooms, a new main entrance, another playing field and a car park with 41 more parking spaces.
Land next to the school will be used to accommodate the plans.
This area was previously granted permission for a neighbourhood centre.
The plans will create a three-form-entry 630 pupil school to meet the needs of the expanding Queens Hill development at Costessey.
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Mrs Penny Sheppard is head teacher at the primary school, she said: 'I am pleased for the children and future children who are going to be moving into Queens Hill. They will be part of a larger school but we are also going to have some more play areas and a room that can be used for cooking- which is important in the curriculum.
'The design is quite flexible in itself with sliding doors between classrooms. We can then meet the learning needs of the children.'
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School ambassadors Sam Thurling and Poppy Morely, both 11, were happy about the decision to improve their school.
Sam said: 'Particularly I think the new football pitch will be great.'
Poppy added: 'At the moment we have two sittings for lunch. I am not too keen on that so now maybe there will be a new big hall to eat in.'
Permission was also granted by Norfolk County Council to St Martha's Catholic Primary School in Kings Lynn to provide for double the amount of pupils.
Changes to be made include the erection of an extension to the school, external sports provision and a new car park.
The proposed development for the expansion of the school is part of the County Council's area wide strategy for delivering extra schoolplaces in this part of King's Lynn.
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council had objected to the application on amenity grounds and due to the loss of a playing field.
But no other statutory consultee raised any objections.
42 letters of objection and a 41 signature 'change.org' petition had been received.
An email had also been received by councillors the previous night which said traffic was already a problem and expanding the school would make problems worse.
Aidan McGovern is head teacher at the primary school, he said: 'I am pleased for the local children who will be able to get places at a local primary school.
'Traffic is a problem but we have to work with the community together. Already 20 pc of our children cycle to school.'