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Planning consent sought for school at Armadale regen scheme

Developer SDA has lodged a planning application with West Lothian Council for a new two-stream primary school at its Armadale Station Community Development.

Phase 1 of the 36,630 sq ft school and nursery will cater to 222 pupils and have 60 nursery places, with an estimated construction cost of £6 million.

In addition to 8 classrooms will be a dining hall, gym hall and playing fields and additional facilities, occupying 1.9 hectares in total.

Focused on the proposed railway station at Armadale, the two stream primary school marks another phase in the £200 million regeneration plan by SDA to bring more than 4,500 permanent jobs to the area.

The school application follows on from the lodging of a planning application for a 40,000 sq ft supermarket with car parking for 600 cars including a park and ride, in June.

The mixed-use development, which occupies around 120 hectares, also includes a multiplex cinema, restaurants, retail, small business and industrial units, hotel, nursing home, public parks and up to 1000 new homes, including up to 250 affordable housing units.

With planning approval it is anticipated that the supermarket at Armadale Station will be open at the same time as the opening of the new railway station in December 2010, with the school opening in 2011 should a planning consent be forthcoming at the turn of 2009/10.