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(Ireland) "Sizable extension" of elem school "to meet demands of children with special needs"

May 29, 2024, Irish Independent: Westmeath primary school given go-ahead for significant expansion

A county Westmeath primary school has been given the go-ahead to undertake a sizeable extension of its facility to meet the demands of children with special educational needs.

St Michael’s National School in Castlepollard initially applied to Westmeath County Council last December for an extension to its campus with a view to adding a two classroom special educational needs (SEN) base.

A further single storey extension in order to allow for two Special Education Teacher (SET) rooms as well as an assisted changing room were also contained in the plans.

The proposed application had previously been subject to a request for “further information” from the council for a road safety audit to be submitted with calls also made for proposed footpath widening to be revised.

In a series of responses, those issues met the approval of local authority planning officials with the council approving the plans subject to nine conditions.

A planner’s report deemed the proposal to be “in response to an existing need of children” in the locality for a two classroom SEN base with two SET rooms and toilets.

Alongside the expansion of teaching facilities at the school, a new one way traffic system to allow for access and exits for vehicles onto the town’s Water Street area.

Equally, and in order to facilitate the proposed expansion, provisions for parking spaces and a set-down area have also been included.


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