Full planning permission has been submitted for a new build for Rossmar School in Limavady which its Principal has described as “another milestone”.
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, gave the go-ahead for the new school in June 2012, as part of 18 projects.
Principal Brian McLaughlin said the £8.2 million development, which teaches children with moderate to severe learning and physical disabilities, is “long overdue”. He hopes diggers will be on site in the New Year.
“It’s definitely long overdue because the kids are up and down concrete steps, and in different areas of the school, which are hard to access and then there are the problems with leaks and no heating we have to cope with,” he said.
“But knowing a new build is ahead makes it all tolerable. It will be fantastic for the pupils and staff.”
Mr McLaughlin added: “It’s another milestone, and it brings us a stage closer to having diggers on site and that’s tremendous.”
Plans for the new school include a new build on the exisiting site at Ballyquin Road with associated playing grass pitch and playing areas, along with car parking.
East Derry Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín said students with special needs deserve the same high standards as other students.
“The investment in the school estate is about ensuring that every school is a good school,” said Mr. Ó hOisín. “It’s important schools for students with special needs are afforded the same high standards as every other school.”