Fund­ing is found for a new school

Sunday Sun - - News -

FUND­ING for a new mul­ti­mil­lion pound school ear­marked for the site of a for­mer fire sta­tion has been ap­proved.

Pupils and staff at Mor­peth First School look set to move to a new build­ing on the site of the old Mor­peth Fire Sta­tion in Loans­dean.

Northum­ber­land County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net gave the £6.85m fa­cil­ity the green light, and it is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Septem­ber 2019.

The news fol­lows the con­tro­ver­sial col­lapse in May of plans to build 200 houses, shops and a school on the site of the coun­cil’s head­quar­ters.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion, the coun­cil gave the out-oftown de­vel­op­ment the green light as it was pre­par­ing to move from County Hall to a new £32m head­quar­ters in Ash­ing­ton.

But the plans caused up­roar prompt­ing mass op­po­si­tion.

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