PLANS for a new £18 million school build for Strabane Academy has been approved by Council.
The development which will be based on the Derry Road, will include a brand new school campus which will cater for 700 pupils and will encompass top-of-the-range sporting amenities including rugby pitches, tennis courts, and a cricket strip.
It is anticipated work on the new development could begin in September.
Since the merger between Strabane Grammar School and Strabane High School in 2011, the Academy has operated on a split site basis with resources shared between the Liskey Road and the Derry Road.
The new campus will mean the closure of the historic Liskey Road school and all children will be transferred to the new Derry Road facility.
Speaking at the public consultation which took place earlier in the processes, principal of Strabane Academy David Hampton, said it was an exciting time for the school.
“We are hugely excited and it is great to see progress. From enhanced education facilities to PE, science, new classrooms, it would mean everything for this to happen. We have sat down with the architects, given them our vision and this is what they have delivered, a school to take us into the next 100 or 200 years,” Mr Hampton explained.
A spokesperson for the Education Authority (EA) said, “The EA welcomes the planning approval granted by Derry City and Strabane District Council.
“We can now progress to the next stage in the new build development. Work is expected to commence in the Autumn term.”
Meanwhile planners have also approved the build of 23 new dwellings at Bradley Way, Strabane. The development will include five detached dwellings and 18 semi-detached dwellings as well as relocation of entrance at lands immediately south-east of Lidl on Bradley Way.
Posted: 7:00 pm April 20, 2017