Land could help improve access at Corran school

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Land owned by the Housing Executive could be used to help improve access at Corran Integrated Primary School, it has been claimed.

Larne’s only integrated primary school has submitted an application for a time-limited, temporary retention of its existing complex at Blackcave North.

The Planning Service has indicated it is minded to approve this request, but the final decision has been put on hold after elected members called for the Planning Management Board to consider the matter.

While councillors have stressed they are not opposed to the school, they highlighted that residents have complained for years about traffic congestion at school run times.

In a bid to find a solution to the ongoing problem, Councillor Bobby McKee has spoken to the regional manager of the Housing Executive regarding ground which could potentially be made available for access to the school.

At the latest meeting of the council’s public services committee, Cllr McKee told the planning officer that the access problem had “gone on long enough” and said it needed to be addressed urgently.

However, the planning officer claimed the access situation could only be resolved through the building of a new permanent school.