The long awaited three-school development in Carrigtwohill has finally been given the go-ahead by Cork County Council.
The school, which has had a number of false starts, was first touted in 2012, but a number of errors in planning documentation led to significant delays.
The development, when completed, will see Carrigtwohill Community College, Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School and Scoil Mhuire Naofa move to one central campus in the heart of Carrigtwohill.
The development will see three school buildings constructed, the first of which is a three-storey primary school building with 24 classrooms and a two-class special needs unit.
The second is another primary school building, this time with 24 classrooms over two storeys, with a two-class special needs unit.
The third school building will cater for 1000 second level students in a three-storey building, which incorporates three special needs classrooms, and dedicated classrooms for woodwork and metalwork studies.
A total of 57 conditions are attached to the granting of permission, which include that the developers deliver and implement the required traffic signalisation, including toucan crossing, at the Main Street/Castlelake Avenue Junction, and the traffic signalisation at the junction of Station Road/Main Street, or pay a development contribution to cover the cost of the work being carried out.
Prior to works starting an outline of how pedestrian and cycle connectivity between Carrigtwohill Train Station and the school site, and between the school site and the town centre will be delivered and implemented must be provided to the Planning Authority.
Local Fianna Fáil TD James O'Connor welcomed the news: “Carrigtwohill is one of the fastest-growing towns in the country and needs more resources and investment. Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and prefabs.
“It is fantastic news that the Department of Education’s planning application has finally been accepted. We are in dire need of increased school capacity in the East Cork region,” he said.
“A state-of-the-art secondary school will be a very welcome addition and would take a lot of pressure off other schools which are feeling the knock-on effects.
“This building project needs to go ahead as soon as possible,” he added.
Last month it was announced that 30 additional students would be enrolled at Carrigtwohill Community College for the upcoming academic year following fears that some students would be left without a place.