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New 80m campus planned for town

Plan of the new West Norfolk College
The new college will be a landmark for King's Lynn

A land deal has been agreed in principle for a new 80m college campus in a regeneration area in West Norfolk.

The College of West Anglia plans to move to the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) where it will be a landmark at a major entrance to King's Lynn town.

Landowners West Norfolk Borough Council and Morston Assets have signed an agreement to start the project off.

College principal David Pomfret hopes the new building on regeneration land in South Lynn will open in 2011.

"We have a project plan for a brand new, purpose-built new college campus on NORA and there are key milestones en route," he said.

"This is the first of many. Others will include agreement from the Learning and Skills Council to provide a funding contribution to the development."

Need for money

Borough council leader Nick Daubney said it was one of the most important developments planned for King's Lynn.

"The signals this will send out to people as they enter King's Lynn I think are very important.

"This is going to be a world class facility. It's marvellous for the borough, simply wonderful."

The College of West Anglia has been at Tennyson Avenue in King's Lynn for many years, but many of the buildings are now considered unsuitable for modern teaching.

The new campus would bring everything into one building on a campus being developed on the site of the present recycling centre in South Lynn.

The next steps for the project are to get planning permission and to secure the money to pay for the project.

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