An extension consisting of four new classrooms and three offices has been approved for Loreto Secondary School, but the removal of a prefab building will mean an overall loss of three classrooms at the Granges Road school.
Kilkenny Borough Council has granted planning permission for the construction of a single-storey extension plus the extension of one of the existing classrooms, a revised ballcourt and car parking layout, and the removal of a prefabricated building.
The total number of classrooms in the school will be reduced from 47 to 44 as a result of this section of development, according to the planning file. However, the school is also currently carrying out a new 1,955-square-metre two-storey extension, bus-layby, vehicular drop-off, new boundary wall, railing and paths to Granges Road, new ball courts, revised parking layout, and removal of a prefabricated building under a separate planning permission.
Eight car parking spaces will be lost due to the construction of a new room, but additional spaces are to be added elsewhere. A bicycle parking area for 100 bicycles is also to be provided, increasing the total bicycle parking spaces to 200.
Planning permission for an extension to Stoneyford National School has meanwhile been approved by Kilkenny County Council.
The plans are for an extension comprising two classrooms, a staff toilet and lobby, including all associated site works at the school. The existing single-storey school consists of three classrooms, an office, staff room, toilets, two art rooms and a store.