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Bid to stop new school plan fails
Protesters in Lancashire have failed in a bid to stop a new school being built on playing fields.

The government has announced a compulsory purchase of the land in Towneley Park in Burnley will go ahead.

Unity College, part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, was earmarked by Lancashire County Council for a new site near the current school.

Burnley Council had refused to sell the land, but the government's decision means the purchase can now go-ahead.

A public inquiry was held last year into the dispute after more than 80 objections were received.

Residents spoke out at the inquiry to save the land from development.

The existing Unity College building, formerly Towneley High School, will be turned into parkland.

The redevelopment plans form part of the 250m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme. Work is expected to start soon.

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