Objections stall plans for major redevelopment of Kilkenny school
Plans to develop a major new campus for one of Kilkenny’s largest schools have been put on ice after objections were made to the national planning authority.
Last month Kilkenny County Council granted permission for a brand new 37-classroom building for the Presentation Secondary School on the Outhrath Road in Loughboy.
However, objections to the school’s proposal have been sent to An Bord Pleanála.
Under the plans, the existing school would be demolished and replaced by a new two-storey state-the-art facility.
If given the go-ahead, the 10,276sqm school will consist of 37 new classrooms, a general purpose hall, a PE hall, a special needs unit, library, staff rooms and “all ancillary accommodation”, including a bin store, electricity substation and storage shed.
Works to the new school grounds will consist of the provision of a half size GAA pitch with nets, two multiple use pitches, a basketball court, play and horticultural areas.
The development will also include modifications to the existing vehicular and pedestrian access to the school to incorporate new entrance gates and internal access roadway footpath, an internal drop-off area for both cars and busses and the provision of 93 car parking spaces, 122 sheltered bicycle parking spaces for students and 28 bicycle spaces for visitors.
A decision on the massive project is expected from An Bord Pleanála in the coming weeks.