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Green light for multi million pound primary school and nursery unit in Banbridge

Published on Mon, 2 Dec 2013 by
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for a 14-classroom primary school and nursery unit in Banbridge.
The investment, estimated at over £5million, will see demolition of the existing school and nursery unit at St Mary’s Primary School in Reilly Park.

The proposal involves an initial extension to the existing school site to temporarily accommodate pupils and teachers whilst construction of the new buildings is underway. Construction will take place in four phases with this accommodation developed in the first phase. The proposal also involves the introduction of a new one-way loop traffic system.

It is estimated that the build will take two and a half years to complete, with an estimated 50-100 jobs created in the construction phase.

Mark H Durkan said: “This significant new development scheme is welcome news for the local area. It will mean a new and modern primary school and nursery unit that will benefit the Banbridge area for many years with a jobs boost during the construction phase.

“This application was turned around within six months which meets the Programme for Government Target for Large Scale Investments. It is my aim to ensure planning creates a better environment and a stronger economy. This development helps to do this.”

DOE Planning consulted Banbridge District Council on 18 November 2013 who raised no objections to the proposal.

Education Minister John O’Dowd welcomed the approval and said: “The St Mary’s Primary School building project is part of my £350million schools’ capital investment programme. The design of the school is well under way and today’s announcement keeps us on track for work to commence on-site by early next summer.

“This is another example of our departments working together to deliver real improvements for local communities.”

Notes to editors:

1. Planning application (Q/2013/0198/RM) for a ‘new 14 classroom primary school and nursery unit on the existing school site with demolition of the existing school and nursery buildings together with associated site works and decant accommodation’ on lands at St Marys Primary School, Reilly Park, Banbridge was submitted to DOE Planning on 10 June 2013.

2. The applicant is the Trustees of St Marys Primary School.

3. There were no objections to the application.

4. This current application follows on from the earlier grant of outline planning permission (Q/2011/0122/O) in September 2012.

5. For media enquiries contact the DOE Press Office on 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, call the Executive Information Service’s Duty Press Officer on 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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