An image of the new primary school to be built in Gayton.

Work to build a new £6m primary school in Gayton is to begin in the summer after the project was approved by Norfolk County Council.

The 210-pupil primary school and a 56-place nursery are to be built on farmland next to West Hall Farm, near Springvale, and are due to open in September next year.

A new school has been in the pipeline for a number of years and is needed to replace the existing school, which has outgrown its facilities in Lynn Road.

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, central library and sports pitch feature in the plans. 

The nursery will be in a separate, single-storey building on the four-acre site with its own outdoor play area.

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

Also proposed is a “turning loop” in Springvale for pupil drop-offs, designed to minimise parking demand.

The application was approved by the county council’s planning committee on Friday, despite some opposition in the community to the design and location of the school.

Gayton Parish Council supported the scheme, but raised several concerns relating to parking, the loss of green space and congestion around the proposed turning circle.

The council’s planning regulatory committee discussed the application at a meeting last month after it received 10 letters opposing the application and 18 of support, but councillors decided against carrying out a site visit.

Committee members carried out a site visit in 2018 for a previous application for the new school in Back Lane, which was later withdrawn.

Graham Middleton, Norfolk county councillor for Gayton and Nar Valley, said: “I’m delighted the committee has approved the plans for this long-awaited and much-needed school. 

“It means that there will be more school places for children in the growing Gayton community and that they’ll be learning in some of the most modern classrooms in Norfolk.”