Comeragh College has scaled a significant hurdle in its quest for its new school campus with Carrick Town Council granting planning permission for the multi-million euro project to proceed.
The Town Council gave the green light for the new school to be built on a green field site at Tinvane on the Pill Road last Friday.
But the 300 student community school will have to wait another month to see if the Council’s decision is appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
If an appeal is lodged, the project will be delayed for months while the planning appeals board considers the case. If no appeal is lodged, the final grant of permission will be given in early May.
Comeragh College Principal Kevin Langton said it was absolutely fantastic and a relief that the new school has received planning permission.
If final planning permission is granted in early May as hoped, Mr Langton said it’s expected that construction of the new campus will begin in October with the first students expected to move into the new school in September 2016. The school will be able to accommodate up to 500 students.
Mr Langton said this new school was a long time overdue as students and teachers have been operating from two campuses in the town (at Greenside and Greystone Street) for years.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and lobbying over a long number of years from the Tipperary Education & Training Board CEO Fionnula McGeever and all her staff, local politicians and the staff who have worked in the school,” he said.
Comeragh Collegeis one of six schools around the country getting new premises as part of a Public Private Partnership involving the Department of Education and National Development Finance Agency. The investment in the new schools amounts to €65m and it’s estimated the Comeragh College project will cost around €11m.