Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS50m Morpeth School and Leisure Plan Unveiled

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS50m Morpeth School and Leisure Plan Unveiled

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Local government reporter

BOLD plans have been revealed for a PS50m state-of-the-art school and leisure complex on the Northumberland County Council site.

The multi-million pound scheme from Northumberland County Council is at the heart of a consultation launched in a bid to help a business case for the current County Hall site, in Morpeth.

It is believed the development could help inject PS189m into the town's economy.

Proposals centre on new buildings for King Edward VI High School (KEVI), Chantry and Newminster Middle schools and Morpeth First School, together with a new leisure centre, and are subject to the agreement of the schools.

However, decisions would still need to be taken separately by the schools involved, the foundation governors of the KEVI site and the council as to whether these proposals were feasible and provided the right educational solution for pupils in Morpeth.

Similar proposals in Ponteland could see new buildings at Ponteland High School, Ponteland Middle School and Darras Hall First School on a shared site, with public leisure facilities on land to the east of the existing Ponteland High and Middle schools.

The plans are part of the council's regeneration strategy for the county, aimed at generating around PS369m.

Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: "We want to see all pupils across Northumberland educated in modern, fit-forpurpose buildings with first-class amenities.

"We also want to improve local leisure facilities, and these proposals have provided us with an excellent opportunity to build new leisure centres for the benefit of the whole community. We hope that people will look at the plans and let us know their views."

A review of the council's buildings and assets in nine main towns has identified ways to generate more than PS33m in income, and make annual savings in council running costs of PS3. …

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