A 3D impression of the new Greenpark Academy in North Lynn. Picture: NPS Property Consultants Ltd

A new £8.5m primary school and nursery proposed for North Lynn is  to open next year, it was announced this week.

Officers from Norfolk County Council have this week given the go-ahead to the new building, which will be known as Greenpark Academy.

The new two-storey 420-place school will have modern classrooms and a playing field. There will also be a 56-place nursery on the site.

St Edmund’s Academy will move from Kilham’s Way to the new purpose-built school off Greenpark Avenue.

A county council spokesman said St Edmund’s Academy had 402 pupils and intake had increased since new homes were built around Marsh Lane in Gaywood and at Lynnsport. 

Contributions from developers will help to pay towards the cost of the new school, set to open next spring.

David Collis, county councillor for the area, said: “North Lynn is a growing community and this new school will help to ensure there are sufficient school places for local children.

“I am also pleased local families will be able to benefit from the new nursery provision, providing much-needed early education places in the area. 

“It’s taken a lot of hard work and determination from very many people to get to this point and I am pleased the new school can now go ahead.”

Last year, the county council funded the creation of the new Fen Rivers Academy, which is run by Catch 22 Academy Trust. 

Fen Rivers Academy currently provides specialist primary school places from its base in Kilham’s Way. 

The long-term proposal is for it to expand into the empty St Edmund’s site and create additional specialist places for secondary school aged pupils.

Stuart Dark, chairman of the county’s children’s services committee, said: “The vast majority of Norfolk’s schools are good or outstanding and we believe Norfolk’s children and teachers deserve the very best. 

“That’s why we are investing more than £100m in new and improved mainstream school buildings in the county and £120m in specialist places, creating state-of-the-art classrooms for many hundreds of Norfolk’s children. 

“St Edmund’s is at the heart of a growing community and I am sure many generations of children will benefit from this fantastic new building.”

Consultation on the proposed new primary school and nursery was launched in autumn 2017. 

Early plans went on display at two public events and  parents, residents and other interested parties were invited to give their views in advance of a planning application being submitted.

During initial consultations, county council officials said the new building would not only allow St Edmund’s Academy to grow, but also to expand in the future if needed. 

It was originally hoped work would start last year and be completed this year.

A team at NPS Property Consultants has been working on the designs.