Former sixth form land could be divided up and sold

The Fakenham College site. Picture: Ian Burt

The Fakenham College site on Highfield Road - Credit: Ian Burt

Land at an old sixth form could be divided up and given to other bodies in the area - or sold off for housing. 

The site of the former Fakenham College, on Highfield Road, has been declared surplus to requirements by Norfolk County Council (NCC). 

Governors of Fakenham High School and College are holding a consultation over proposals to become an

The old Fakenham College site closed in 2018 after the sixth form merged with Fakenham Academy and relocated - Credit: IAN BURT

It means the 2.15 hectares may be split up and handed to organisations such as Fakenham Cricket Club and the town council. 

Some space could also be sold on the open market. 

The council must first apply for written consent from the Secretary of State to dispose of the land, most of which has not been used since 2017 after the college merged with Fakenham Academy and relocated to Field Lane. 

Meanwhile, a consultation inviting people to have their say will be open until 12pm on November 18. 

A public consultation relating to the old Fakenham College site has opened

A public consultation relating to the old Fakenham College site has opened - Credit: Norfolk County Council

Documents show NCC wants to divide the grounds into six sections, one of which would be used by the new SENDAT school, the Duke of Lancaster, due to open in January. 

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The plot used by the air cadets would be protected in the short to medium term.

The papers state that part of the land will be offered for sale and is "likely to appeal to developers.”

John Rest, North Norfolk district councillor for Lancaster South, said: "This is a great opportunity to create a vibrant community space.

John Rest, pictured, said that, if people contravened these notices, they could expect to be prosecu

John Rest, North Norfolk district councillor for Lancaster South

"It would be marvellous if the remaining space could be used for providing affordable apartments for first-time buyers. The gardens at the front could provide an area for the public to sit and enjoy.”

Others plans include giving the green land at the front of the site and community buildings to Fakenham Town Council (FTC). 

Vice chairman, Angela Glynn, revealed FTC was looking at what alterations would be needed to create suitable office accommodation - should it be given the buildings. 

Mrs Glynn said the council did not have "an official view" on what should be done with the remaining space.

vice-chair of Fakenham Town Council and Fundraising officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust, Angela Glynn

Angela Glynn, vice chairman of Fakenham Town Council - Credit: Aaron McMillan

But she added: "We imagine the old science block will be demolished, and perhaps the old school building will be converted to apartments and housing will be built on the rest of the land."

To have your say, you can: