A brand new multi-million secondary faculty in Lurgan has been given the inexperienced gentle to proceed, Armagh I can reveal.
Planners on Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council have given St Ronan’s School the go-ahead for a brand new state-of-the-art facility on the location of the previous St. Michaels Grammar at Cornakinnegar Street.
Proposals had been within the pipeline for years, with the applying formally submitted again in 2018, earlier than Councillors signed off on the plans on Wednesday evening.
Nevertheless it was way back to 2012 when it was proposed to amalgamate three current submit main faculties in Lurgan: St Mary’s Excessive College; St Paul’s Junior Excessive College; and St Michael’s Grammar College.
In September 2015, this proposal got here to fruition and St Ronan’s School was shaped.
The newly shaped faculty has been working on the websites of the a number of current faculties however after varied research have been carried out to evaluate potential enhancements and extensions to the three current faculty properties, it was concluded that the newly created St Ronan’s School would require a brand new faculty constructing.
A web site search then started in 2014.
The brand new faculty will embody two new grass enjoying fields; a brand new artificial enjoying discipline; a altering pavilion; 5 tennis courts and nicely as infrastructure enhancements across the web site.
Commenting on the approval Alliance Councillor for Lurgan, Peter Lavery, mentioned it’s “welcome information for the city, particularly for the scholars and lecturers of St Ronan’s”.
“It can even be a lift for the native financial system with development jobs being created to make this planning approval a actuality,” he added.
“This has been a protracted course of for the college with college students at present unfold over two separate websites however hopefully progress will now be swift and the construct will likely be accomplished inside a couple of fast years.”
SDLP Councillor Declan McAlinden described St Ronan’s School as “a implausible faculty”.
“I’m delighted to see the planning permission for his or her new faculty campus granted tonight,” he instructed Armagh I.
“When the college was shaped in 2016 and the purpose since then has been the availability of a brand new, start-of-the-art constructing that the pupils of this group deserve.
“Till now they’ve been accommodated on the location of the outdated St Michael’s Grammar faculty.
“While the constructing has served its function as a short lived dwelling till the brand new construct is accomplished, it’s now not match for function. The pupils want a contemporary and match for function constructing.
“Tonight’s approval was a very long time within the making and I need to thank the planning staff for the best way wherein the handled this software motion in a speedy style.
“An enormous thanks to principal Fiona Kane and her predecessor Mrs Michelle Corkey, the venture staff inside the College, and their exterior companions.
“Now that Planning as been secured I look ahead to the completion of the brand new construct and need all concerned many blissful years of Training in St Ronan’s.”
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