At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (7 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 for a further £200,000 of capital funding 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 of this 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 take place prior to the submission of the detailed planning application which is programmed for early January 2018.

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

“Education is a priority for us and we are committed to deliver the best possible educational environment the young people of Northumberland.”

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