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Plans Would Mean School Extension
A new £25m school would have to be extended to accommodate more pupils - if controversial plans to build up to 800 homes in Overtown are successful, claimed residents this week.
The new Clyde Valley High School, due to open to pupils next year, will have a student capacity of between 920 and 950 pupils.
However, campaigners against the development claim that if the plans to build the homes are
given the go ahead by North Lanarkshire Council then the local authority would have to extend the campus of the new school to accommodate a projected 200 more pupils.
One campaigner, who asked not to be named, said: “There is no doubt that the new school could not cope with the increased number of pupils a development of this size would bring.
“Having a development this size in Overtown just isn’t feasible.”
The figures suggest that there would be a shortfall of approximately 75 children.
It has now been confirmed that the council’s Learning and Leisure Services department have formally objected to the proposals.
A council spokesman said: “For a planning application of this scale, a large number of bodies are asked for their views, and Learning and Leisure Services were one of the parties consulted on the application.
“They have objected to the proposal on the grounds that the new school would not be able to cope with the additional pupils, as its capacity was based on the known housing land allocations in the catchment area.
“The site of this application is in the Green Belt, and so it was not included in the housing land supply.
“The council will take all relevant matters into consideration before it takes a decision on the planning application.”
The objection from the council department is one of many which have been sent into the local authority’s planning department since the application was submitted.
Campaigners also organised a leaflet drop around the village earlier this week with Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland also lending his support to the campaign.