Morpeth residents invited to give views on plans for First School

Residents are invited to have their say on possible plans for a new first school build in Morpeth at a pre-planning consultation event at County Hall on 30 January from 5-8.00pm.

At a Cabinet meeting in November, Northumberland County Council approved funding for a new school on land of the former fire station.  Cabinet gave the green light to the revised Outline Business Case to relocate Morpeth First School to a purpose-built new building on the site of the old Morpeth Fire Station at Loansdean.

The £6.85m plan would see a purpose-built new building on the site with the scheme planned to be completed by September 2019.

Approval was also given to create separate overflow  parking for County Hall staff  to replace the existing temporary arrangements.

The relocation project for Morpeth First school had previously been approved to be constructed on the County Hall site. Following the decision of the council in May last year not to relocate the council headquarters, it was no longer possible to continue with the project as previously agreed. 

The revised proposal now places the same design of school building, but on the new preferred site.

Further consultation on the revised site will now take place prior to the submission of the detailed planning application. 

Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, and cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We are working closely with local parents, residents and the wider community in Morpeth to consult on the new school development.  

“We are committed to  delivering the best possible educational environment the young people of Northumberland.”
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