Wallyford Learning Campus plans submitted

Plans for a £46 million new high school at Wallyford have been submitted to East Lothian Council to serve the raft of new homes in the area.

Wallyford Learning Campus plans submitted

Designed by JM Architects, the Wallyford Learning Campus will serve a fast-growing population in the former mining village with a combined secondary, early years facility and a school for pupils with complex needs.

To be constructed on farmland west of Masons Way, north of the new Wallyford Primary School, the project will deliver a playground, sports pitches, landscaping, fencing, lighting, CCTV and an external storage enclosure. A 92-space car park is also proposed.

Approval was given by the council in April 2016 to consult on the proposal to establish a new, additional secondary school in Wallyford, an area where around 2,050 new homes are set to be built.

Wallyford Learning Campus plans submitted

A planning statement said the design of the learning campus would include a new community centre to replace the current set-up at Wallyford.

Together the two elements will form a three-storey ‘superblock’ at the heart of a planned neighbourhood centre, forming a new nucleus for the fast-growing village.

Councillor Shamin Akhtar, cabinet spokesperson for education and children’s services, said: “East Lothian is one of the fastest growing council areas in Scotland.

“The new secondary school at Wallyford, which will provide additional provision for the Musselburgh area and include community learning facilities, and a new primary school at Whitecraig, are important projects, supporting our vision for dynamic and thriving local communities.

Wallyford Learning Campus plans submitted

“Our approach to new and improved schools is linked to the delivery of new homes, including affordable housing and other infrastructure, helping to create the increasingly prosperous and sustainable East Lothian we all want to see.

“These projects build on our plans to deliver new build, expanded and modernising programmes at education facilities across the county.”

The development is expected to take about two years to build.

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