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School among 16 council-owned properties set to go up for sale

PUBLISHED: 15:07 13 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 January 2020

Trowse Primary School. Picture: Denise Bradley

Trowse Primary School. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A school and a thatched cottage bought to make way for a bypass are among more than a dozen properties a council plans to sell.

Staff and pupils from Trowse Primary School join R G Carter for the ground-breaking ceremony at the new school. Picture: David KirkhamStaff and pupils from Trowse Primary School join R G Carter for the ground-breaking ceremony at the new school. Picture: David Kirkham

Norfolk County Council's Conservative-controlled cabinet today agreed to put 16 properties it no longer needs up for sale.

The council says it will help towards its target to cut how much it spends maintaining the property it owns by £2.3m over the next three years, while bringing in cash by selling surplus property.

Among the properties councillors agreed to put on the market is Trowse Primary School.

The council is currently building a new primary school, which is due to open this September.

That means the current primary school, in Dell Loke, will become vacant. The council's children's services department says it does not need the building and the head of property says the authority has no other use for it.

Councillors agreed the site, which covers half an acre, should be sold, either through auction or by tender.

The new school for Trowse, off White Horse Lane, will increase the school's capacity to 200 pupils.

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It will have seven classrooms, a multi-purpose hall and a nursery - a first for the village - as well as a stained glass window which will be relocated from the old school.

Another property which will be sold is a thatched cottage in Long Stratton.

It was bought by the council in 2004 because it was on the route of the mooted Long Stratton bypass.

But the route of that road has since changed, so the building is no longer affected by that scheme.

A terraced house in Clarence Road in Great Yarmouth will also be put up for sale.

The three-storey building had been used as a group home for adult social services. But that use ceased in October last year and it has since stood empty.

Members of the cabinet agreed to put 13 other sites and properties up for sale, including land in Acle, Lingwood and Mileham, plus farms in Clenchwarton, Marshland St James, Thurne, Tunstead, Outwell and Terrington St Clement.

Cabinet member Bill Borrett said: "I think, in the past, the county councillor has been seen as a block to development and I support the action Greg Peck [cabinet member for commercial services and asset management] is taking to transform that perception."

Mr Peck said that disposing of surplus land and buildings cut costs and had the potential to bring in money for the council to use as it saw fit.

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