Plans submitted for new primary school in Callander

Plans submitted for new primary school in Callander

A planning application has been lodged with the Loch Lomond National Park Authority to create a new primary school in Callander.

A detailed planning application brought forward by Ryder Architecture on behalf of Stirling Council calls for the erection of a primary school building on land at Mclaren high School on Mollands Road.

The proposal is for 2543 square meters of new floorspace and will require the relocation of the existing 3G astroturf multi-purpose pitch.

The application includes the formation of a new car park and drop off to serve the new school, increasing car parking spaces from 144 to 190 with the inclusion of electric vehicle parking spaces.

New cycle parking storage will be provided within the campus.

A new pedestrian/cycle route is incorporated within the layout which will connect to wider development envisaged within the South Callander Masterplan including new riverside walkway with footbridge over the River Teith and any future tourism and housing development south of the campus.

Plans submitted for new primary school in Callander

A 400m active track, long jump, social area and arena, orchard and outdoor education areas are proposed within the new campus.

In documents submitted with the application, agents said: “The new primary school will help facilitate a vibrant and inclusive campus that enhances opportunities between both learners and the community.

“The campus will also aim to strengthen physical and digital links to promote accessibility, wellbeing, and social connectedness at the heart of the wider Callander community.

“The campus features a primary school with 11 flexible classrooms for mainstream pupils and two classrooms for ASN pupils, to cater for 317 mainstream pupils and 12 ASN pupils. The overall masterplan enables the creation of a secure primary school playground, in addition to shared spaces between all facilities on the site, addressing some of the existing key issues such as bottlenecks and safe drop off.

“The new school aims to be future proof, by allowing for a two classroom extension in the future. The overall site strategy has also been designed to allow for future connections into any potential river walkway to the east of the site.

“The proposal will create an important feature to the south of Callander, enabling collaboration with existing facilities while also being reflective of Callander’s place within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.”

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