£30 million Holywell school plan given green light


David Humphreys

A £30 MILLION plan to revamp a town’s education facilities has been given unanimous backing.

Plans to demolish Holywell High School and have a new primary and secondary school complex built in its place were given the green light by members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee yesterday.

The primary school facilities would replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn Infants and Ysgol y Fron Junior school.

A new sports hall would also be placed on the site.

Planning officer David Glyn Jones said in a report: “The new school premises is intended to provide a combined through school with capacity for 315 pupils of primary school age and capacity for 600 pupils of secondary school age.”

The primary school would be in a single-storey structure, with the secondary school in a three-storey structure.

At the primary school, a sports pitch and a sports hall, to double up as a dining room and assembly hall, will be created.

For the secondary school, two grass pitches, an all-weather pitch, tennis courts, an athletics track and a sports hall will be produced.

These facilities would be made available for the use of the community outside of school hours.

Holywell councillor Peter Curtis said: “This application will be one of, if not the, biggest in Holywell since the community hospital was built. The school will primarily be for children of the future. It will be fit for future.”

Cllr Curtis said he would like a “cast iron guarantee” the old site would not be used to build houses, something, he said, Flintshire Council had previously promised.

“Children deserve this school, it will give prestige to the town and get Holywell High School the reputation it really deserves,” he said.

The scheme is part of Flintshire Council’s 21st Century Schools’ programme of changes, which will see changes to provision at several schools.

Holywell member Gareth Roberts praised the development ahead of its approval and described it as one of the most exciting schemes in Flintshire.

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