Nursery expansion approved for Blackridge primary

Planning permission for a new nursery building at Blackridge Primary school has been granted.

16 October
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The new nursery, which will be at the rear of the building, will be built where the current hard standing playground is located. The new nursery is required to provide capacity for the increase in early years provision and will also allow the existing nursery within the school to be converted into classrooms, thereby increasing primary education capacity also.

The decision to grant planning permission was given at a meeting of West Lothian Council's Development Management Committee today (Wednesday 16 October).

Executive councillor for Education, David Dodds said: "The investment of approximately £1.5m will provide needed additional capacity for the school as well as incorporate other improvements. These will include a new hard surfaced play space, where a Multi-Use games area (MUGA) currently sits. A replacement MUGA will also be provided on the playing fields. A new car park and drop off area will also be provided.

"I'm delighted that this project has moved forward and I'm sure it will be welcomed by local parents."

The demand for school and nursery places is growing and the school will also undergo some internal changes to accommodate increasing pupil numbers. The current outdoor space is not large enough to accommodate the increasing school roll therefore additional outdoor space is required.

No trees will not be removed to accommodate the project.

Councillor Charles Kennedy, Chair of the council's Development and Management Committee said: "This proposed development will benefit the local community and greatly enhance the facilities for young people at the school and nursery for many years."