PLANS for new modular classrooms at Loreto College are set to get the go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday) after Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council’s planning officers recommended their application for approval.
Loreto College has applied for two modular units, with three classrooms in each, and additional parking spaces as part of their wider response to the closure of St Joseph’s College.
The planning application, lodged in April 2018, is a direct response to accommodate the expected rise in pupil numbers from 800 to 1080.
Loreto College’s Principal, Mr. Michael James explained the ongoing situation: “The school is glad to hear that our application has been recommended for approval and we are optimistic that the elected members of the council will consider it, and approve it.
“These classrooms are absolutely necessary for the school to meet the educational needs of our students.The impact of the closure of St Joseph’s is that their current students will need to find a new school in the area,” he added.
SDLP MLA, John Dallat, has claimed that planning approval for additional classrooms at Loreto College is “imperative” if children are not to be displaced next academic year.
“The closure of St Joseph’s College as the result of a rationalisation programme has presented serious challengers for the providers of post-primary education in the triangle area and in this respect Loreto has met those challenges to date,” said Mr Dallat.
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