Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for a £1.5million extension project at Hill Croft School in New Mossley.
The extension plan will involve the construction of six new classrooms and outdoor play areas at the Manse Way site. The new classrooms will replace existing temporary buildings.
The development will also include construction of a two-classroom nursery for children with special educational needs.
It is anticipated that the proposed extension will cost around £1.5million and will take three years to complete. Construction is planned to commence in June of this year.
“This planning approval is positive news for Newtownabbey and for the teachers, parents and pupils of Hill Croft School.
“This application was turned around in four months which again demonstrates that my reform of the planning system is working,” Mr Durkan commented.
Hill Croft School, which caters for children and young people with severe learning difficulties, moved to its present location in 2006.
School principal, Roz McFeeters said that the extension project will help accommodate the growing number of pupils at the school.
“Over the last few years the number of children attending the school has risen significantly,” she explained.
“We are delighted with the news that the Minister has agreed to the £1.5million three-phase extension, which will provide us with a purpose-built Nursery and Transition Unit.
“Nursery aged pupils will be joining our Early Years Project in the next academic year. This is an exciting time for our growing school.”