Planning approval has been granted for the construction of a new school campus on the site of Renton Primary School in West Dunbartonshire, a small county to the West of Glasgow in the Highlands, with the new facilities predicted to transform the education of hundreds of pupils.
According to the local council, the new Renton Primary School Campus will cost a total sum of £15.1M and will include a new Language and Communication unit, a new Riverside Early Learning and Childcare Centre, increased spaces for playing outside, classrooms linking to outdoor areas on each floor, as well as a new multi-use sports pitch and playground area.
The Chief Planning Officer at the West Dunbartonshire Council, Pamela Clifford stated: “I welcome the Committee’s decision to approve these plans. When complete this will be a modern, purpose-built campus, with the capability increase outdoor learning, support more children with additional needs and also address the future needs of the area.”
Furthermore, planning for this new development has been extensive, with the building materials for the campus needing to be of the same appearance as those used on local structures like the Smollet Monument and the local War Memorial, while parking has likewise been accounted for, with plans for a one-way drop off zone between Station Street and Back Street having also been made.
The Chief Education Officer at the Council, Laura Mason commented: “We are committed to investing in our young people by enhancing educational facilities and in turn increasing opportunities to attain and achieve. This new campus will transform the education of our current pupils by moving them to a brand new purpose-built learning environment and I know this has been welcomed by parents and carers.”
The Head Teacher at Renton Primary School, Lynne Dempster added: “I am delighted that the plans for the new campus have been approved today. There are clear educational benefits for pupils in this area to learn in such a modern building and we look forward to seeing work on the site progress.”
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