Planning consent for Dundee education campus

North East Campus DundeeCouncillors have approved plans for a new primary school and nursery campus in Dundee.

The new North East Campus, which has been designed by Holmes Miller Architects on behalf of Dundee City Council, will bring together three primary schools and two nursery schools on land to the north of Lothian Crescent in Whitfield.

Its combined roll of nearly 1,000 will make it one of the biggest primary schools in Scotland.

However, rather than one giant primary school, the development will create space for two separate schools operating independently of one another.

Longhaugh Primary School will continue as its own entity while St Vincent’s and St Luke’s and St Matthew’s primaries will merge.

The new campus will offer greatly enhanced facilities in comparison with the existing schools including multiple playgrounds, a soft play area, sports pitches, gardening and nature areas and outdoor classrooms.

Construction will begin in April, with the school expected to open in August 2018.

Finance convener Willie Sawers said: “It is a major investment in the north of the city and will be transformative for both nursery and primary schoolchildren in the area.”

The committee also voted to defer a decision on a proposal to build two car dealerships and a football pitch for Lochee Harp on group at Lundie Avenue and King’s Cross Road over concerns about the impact on traffic and biodiversity in the area.

Councillors voted 18 to seven for Baillie Ian Borthwick’s amendment to defer a decision until the developers could address these concerns.

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