An application for planning permission for the long-awaited new Coláiste na Coiribe has been submitted to city planners by City of Galway VEC.
Over 370 pupils currently attend the existing school located on the Tuam Road and the planned development at Ballyburke, Ballymoneen Road, Knocknacarra will see the construction of a new 720-pupil post-primary school.
The development will comprise of three and two storey teaching blocks, a sports hall, external play areas, five hard surfaced ball-courts, 68 parking spaces, and provision for bicycle racks and vehicular set-down facilities within the school grounds together with a new grass playing pitch located to the west of the new school.
The school site will be accessed by a new roadway and junction located off Ballymoneen Road, with provision of cycle tracks, footpaths, street lighting and associated landscaping along the length of the roadway.
A sign for the school will be located at the Ballymoneen Road junction and a new pedestrian-only link is also to be formed with the adjoining Fána Búrca residential estate to the south of the site.
It is hoped that construction of the new school will take place in 2013.
Welcoming the long awaited development of the Irish medium school, City of Galway VEC Chairperson Cllr Donal Lyons said it would provide an “invaluable resource to the local community”.
Submissions on the project can be made to Galway City Council before 24 January and a decision is expected by 11 February.