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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)

Green light for building extension at Carniny Primary School in Ballymena

Planning permission has been approved for a new extension to Carniny Primary School  in Ballymena.

A building proposal was given the go-ahead by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Planning Committee at a meeting on Thursday morning.

Planning officer Kyle Patterson told the committee the overall design and lay-out are similar to the existing school at Old Cullybackey Road.

Area of extension/constructions highlighted in blue.

He said that the proposed 864sq metre extension will “bring the school up to a modern day standard” adding that there will be “ample provision” for car parking and landscaping on the existing primary school site.

Planning consultant Emma Aldridge told the committee: “On behalf of our client, we are very pleased with the officer’s recommendation for approval.

“The extension to Carniny Primary School will provide much-needed accommodation and safe environment for pupils.”

Ballymena Alderman Audrey Wales MBE remarked that both her children had attended Carniny Primary which she described as “absolutely bursting at the seams”.

“The children deserve a new modern building for their education and a building that is fit for purpose.”

Larne Lough Ulster Unionist Cllr Keith Turner commented: “Members of my extended family also attended this excellent school which has an excellent academic record. I second the proposal.”

The application was approved unanimously.


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