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Village green in Corton could be shared

PUBLISHED: 10:43 29 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:46 06 July 2010

THE use of a village green could be shared between keen bowlers and schoolchildren so that a primary school can expand.

Suffolk County Council is looking at ways to expand Corton Primary School, in the village north of Lowestoft, so that it is ready to take in more children when middle schools are scrapped in the town from 2011.

THE use of a village green could be shared between keen bowlers and schoolchildren so that a primary school can expand.

Suffolk County Council is looking at ways to expand Corton Primary School, in the village north of Lowestoft, so that it is ready to take in more children when middle schools are scrapped in the town from 2011.

The council has proposed using Corton's village hall and bowling green as outdoor play space and an assembly and dining hall for the pupils.

Fears had been raised that the bowling green, which has been in existence for 100 years, would be lost but a new report for Suffok County Council's development control committee, which will discuss the plans at a meeting on Thursday, suggests that a compromise could be found.

The report to the meeting recommends that the application is accepted but only once a community use agreement has been signed, meaning that villagers will be able to use the refurbished hall and green outside school hours.

The council's recommendation also states that the bowling green would be retained solely for use by Corton Bowling Club until August 31 2013, by which time a new village bowling green will have been established.

If approved, it would also offer a guarantee that no tannoy or loudspeakers will be used and that a detailed travel plan for getting to the school will be completed.

It said: “The improvements in facilities for the school and community are welcomed…neighbour amenity would not be adversely impacted upon and that adequate provision has been made for the continued use of the bowling green until a replacement bowling green has been established to the required standard.”

At the meeting in Ipswich on Thursday, the committee will also consider proposals for a new sports pavilion and pitch at Barnard's Meadow in Lowestoft for use by the planned new sixth form centre, which is due to be built on the Lowestoft College campus on St Peter's Street.

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