Councillors have backed plans to relocate a secondary school for youngsters with support needs.
Open space in the grounds of Moray Primary School in Grangemouth will be used to build a new home for pupils and staff of Carrongrange School in Stenhousemuir.
Falkirk Council’s planning committee unanimously granted the application when it met.
A two-story building with a roof garden is planned. Offering over 6000 square metres of floor space, it will be big enough to accomodate 190 pupils and between 75 and 80 teaching staff. The current Carrongrange has a role of 165.
It will also feature a cycle track, sensory garden, outside seating and teaching areas - and swimming and hydrology pools!
Moray Primary will also benefit from the project.
The committee has confirmed additional and upgraded sports, play and recreation facilities will be delivered as part of the development.
A grassed seven-a-side football pitch, tarmac skipping and jump rope area, activity playground complete with mounds and tunnels and two ‘messy kitchen’ areas to encourage water play are part of the package.
It is proposed that where appropriate the new facilities will be shared across the wider Moray Primary School complex.
The site was earmarked for housing over 12 years ago, but the council dropped that idea in 2014 when no developers showed any interest in it.
Councillors were told the build will be “high quality” and the new school’s design coupled with proposed landscaping will compliment the area.
Grangemouth Councillor Baillie Joan Paterson moved the planning bid be approved.
She said: “There were initially some concerns expressed by parents of children at Moray Primary, however they have all been worked through after an excellent consulatation process.”