New school for Halfway
Published Monday, 09 July 2012
the council's Planning Committee has approved the construction of a brand new primary school.
The non-denominational school, costing £7.5million, is to be built in Halfway Park on the site of a disused park pavilion.
A separate application was also approved to allow the relocation of a sports pitch and children's play equipment to a site further to the south east of the park.
The proposed school, which is yet to be named, is the first entirely new school to be created in South Lanarkshire.
It has been designed to serve the growing population in and around Halfway as well as homes currently in the catchment of Hallside Primary School.
In detail the new school will provide:
- seven classrooms
- central corridor
- gym hall
- dining room
- staff facilities
- library and IT suite
- 21-space car park
- multi-use sports pitch
Access to the 21-space car park will be taken from the existing park access on New Road.
The new school will occupy just 15% of the total open space in the park - the same as currently occupied by the old pavilion, play park and sports pitch.
Councillor Hugh Dunsmuir, Chair of the Planning Committee welcomed South Lanarkshire's 125th and newest mainstream primary school.
He added: "A lot of work has been done through the Planning and Education teams to ensure that the needs of the many families with children in this area are catered for.
"It is always great news to see a new school being built and this is no exception."
An interim Parent Council has already been appointed and Education Resources will work with them to identify and propose a name for the school which will ultimately go before the Education Committee for approval.