Image from the Gayton school planning application. Picture: NPS

Long-awaited plans for a new school and nursery in a growing West Norfolk village have been submitted.

After years in development, Norfolk County Council is seeking planning permission for a 210-pupil primary school and a 56-place nursery in Gayton.

The new facilities, to be built on farmland next to West Hall Farm near Springvale, are set to replace the existing school in Lynn Road and the attached Gayton Goslings nursery.

A report supporting the application said Gayton Primary School, which has 148 pupils on roll, was “inadequate in size” due to “continuing demand for school places including from planned housing developments” in the village.

The designs show a large, mainly single-storey brick building with brightly coloured panels to create “a distinctive and modern aesthetic” and energy-saving features.

A multi-use hall, seven classrooms, a large group room, central library and a sports pitch are all included in the plans.

The proposed nursery would be housed in a separate, single-storey building on the four-acre site, with two main rooms for the children and a separate outdoor play area.

A car park with 37 spaces would serve both facilities and vehicles will access the site via Springvale, the existing estate road. 

Image from the Gayton school planning application. Pictures: NPS

Also proposed is a “turning loop” for school drop-offs for pupils, designed to minimise the demand for parking spaces.

Previously used for keeping ponies, the vacant site is overgrown with hedges and mature trees.

Planning permission was sought for the school on a different site in Back Lane two years ago, but the application was withdrawn before a decision could be reached due to flooding concerns and the need for “work on third party land”.

 The report said the proposed school would provide a “very strong community focus” for Gayton.

“This will be accessible for the pupils and community and, within its purpose-designed facilities, will offer a significant enhancement of school facilities for pupils and the wider community through the managed use of facilities outside normal school use,” the report went on.

“This should deliver a significant social benefit for the community.” 

Comments on the application must be submitted to the county council by Friday, December 20.