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Court decision means school in Lakenheath could now be built

A 420-place school is set to be built in Lakenheath after a bid to stop its construction was dismissed in the Court of Appeal.

Suffolk County Council originally granted itself planning permission in October 2018 to build the primary off Station Road to facilitate hundreds of homes planned for the area. Plans also include a 60-place pre-school.

Lakenheath Parish Council had battled the plan over concerns of how noise from the nearby US Air Force base could disrupt pupils.

An artist's impresion of the new primary school for Lakenheath (42190168)
An artist's impresion of the new primary school for Lakenheath (42190168)

The late David Gathercole, a former West Suffolk Councillor for Lakenheath, had led attempts as an individual to overturn the decision by going to the Court of Appeal. This was after the High Court rejected a challenge by the parish council last year.

A Suffolk County Council spokesperson said: “The council is pleased with the ruling and accepts the points raised Lord Justice Coulson. We look forward to progressing plans for this much-needed school for Lakenheath.”

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