New Lakenheath primary school given go-ahead despite noise concerns
A new primary school has been given the go-ahead despite concerns from local councillors that it will be under a military jet flightpath.
Suffolk County Council’s development and regulation committee gave its approval on Tuesday for the 420-place school and 30-place pre-school, off Station Road in Lakenheath.
The council’s noise officer confirmed that aircraft sound could have a significant impact for lessons outside, but said the area was “relatively quiet for the majority of the time”.
But an independent noise assessment commissioned by Lakenheath Parish Council said it had “identified a number of concerns relating to the assessment and its conclusions, which highlight that the proposed location is not suitable for a new school.” It added: “Construction of a school in this location will be problematic to both its staff and pupils.”
Building work on the new school, whose location is outside the village’s development area, is expected to start next summer ahead of a September 2020 opening. The existing village school is close to capacity and has no space to expand to cater for the need expected to be created by the 663 new homes being built in the village.