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Planning permission granted for new home for Welsh medium primary

A brand new home for a successful Welsh medium primary school with extra places for pupils and a Flying Start centre has been unanimous approved by councillors.

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Swansea Council's planning committee has granted full planning permission for the new state-of-the-art buildings for YGG Tirdeunaw subject to conditions.

Jointly funded by the council and the Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools and Colleges programme,  it will be built on land next to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe and, although they may share new improved sports facilities, they will remain completely separate.

YGG Tirdeunaw is currently based next to the former Daniel James Secondary School site at Heol Ddu and it is anticipated the new build, which is less than a mile from the current site and is also more central to the majority of current pupils attending the school, will be ready in 2021.

The existing school currently provides 420 full-time places and 60 nursery places but the buildings are no longer suitable for the increasing demand for places at the school.

The new build will provide places for 525 full-time pupils and 75 nursery places along with a Flying Start/Dechrau Deg' initiative.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "I'm pleased that the plans for YGG Tirdeunaw have been approved so now we can press ahead and appoint a contractor to deliver this exciting scheme.

"Once complete not only will it provide new improved facilities for pupils and teachers, it will also greatly enhance Welsh medium early years provision in the area.

"There are opportunities to develop improved sports facilities for both YGG Tirdeunaw and YG Bryn Tawe which we are actively exploring and as part of the planning process there will be improved dropping off and picking up arrangements for pupils and parents at both schools."

The new school is part of an ambitious programme to invest almost £150m in school infrastructure in Swansea in the next few years.

Planning permission has already been granted for a brand new school for YGG Tan-y-lan at a new site in Clase.

Once both projects are completed there will be an additional 409 places at Welsh medium primary schools in Swansea

Contractors are already on site building a new home for the EOTAS (Education other than at School) service in Cockett that will help transform education for some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people.

Work is also underway on a new home for Gorseinon Infants and Primary bringing both together at a new build at Parc y Werin.

Major improvements are also scheduled at Bishopston Comprehensive and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr.

Cllr Raynor added: "We want to ensure that we give all our young people the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential and providing modern surroundings with state-of-the-art facilities help pupils and teachers to achieve this."

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