New build for Islandmagee Primary School moves a step closer

Plans for a "long overdue" new build at Islandmagee Primary School have moved a step forward with the submission of a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN).

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 4:48 pm
The school currently operates across the former Kilcoan and Mullaghdubh sites

The school currently operates across a split site, with the junior and senior campuses at the former Mullaghdubh and Kilcoan primary schools respectively.

In September last year, a business case for the new school build was approved and funding released by the Department of Education.

The plans include new school buildings and recreational areas, including a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area), car parking and ancillary works.

The news was welcomed by East Antrim MLA, Roy Beggs

The proposed site is located on vacant lands north of Kilcairn, with a new access and exit point into Low Road.

Submitted this week, the PAN is part of the consultation process which is required for significant planning applications and would see community consultation measures planned for September and October 2020.

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs, who over decade ago helped secure the £1m site for the new school, welcomed the formal submission of the PAN.

"A new primary school for Islandmagee is long overdue and I welcome the publication of the Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the new Islandmagee Primary School," he said.

"This will enable the local community to give feedback and suggest improvements to be considered before the actual planning application is submitted to council for consideration.

"This has been a long struggle by the local community to ensure that modern educational facilities are provided for this rural community. I hope that the planning process can be speedily completed so that we can see building work commence before too long.”