16 May 2022

Planning sought for new 37-classroom secondary school building in Kilkenny

New school grounds to have six ball courts, outdoor seating and breakout areas, a sensory garden, covered tech yard


File picture: A planning decision is due mid-June

The Board of Management of CBS Secondary School Kilkenny has sought planning permission for the substantial planning development of its new school in the west of the city.

The proposed development will consist of the construction of a part three-storey, part two-storey 37-classroom school building with a total floor area of 10,564 sqm and incorporating associated support teaching spaces, offices and meeting rooms, a multi-use hall, library, staff rooms and all ancillary accommodation, including photovoltaic panels and green roofs at roof level.

Works to the new school grounds will consist of the provision of six ball courts, outdoor seating and breakout areas, a sensory garden, a covered tech yard, external store building (50 sqm) and substation (22 sqm) and associated hard and soft landscaping throughout. Provision is made for the future development of a full sized sports pitch, but which does not form part of this proposal.

The development will also include the construction of a new access roadway incorporating footpaths, cycleways, public lighting, and landscaping, that will tie into Kilkenny County Council's proposed Loughmacask Link Road at its Dunningstown Road junction at Lousybush.

Parking and access arrangements will incorporate an internal drop-off and pick-up area for cars and an external set down for buses, the provision of 92 car parking spaces, incorporating five disabled parking spaces, and 342   bicycle parking spaces, 264 of which are sheltered.

Permission is also sought for new foul, water and surface water drainage system works, associated with both the school and the roadway and incorporating a swale, attenuation, rainwater harvesting, and a flood storage compensation area, boundary treatments, including retaining walls, and all other site development works.

A planning decision is expected from the council mid-June.

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