Plans ticked for Galashiels Academy
Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a state-of-the-art campus in Galashiels, marking an important next step in the replacement of the outdated existing school.
The local council said the decision will pave the way for further planning, design and development to be undertaken alongside further consultation with the local community to talk through the approved plans and the immediate next steps before construction begins.
Designed with involvement from the community, the campus will benefit the wider community providing an active landscape with opportunities for team sports, exercise classes, and routes for walking and running.
Councillor Leagh Douglas, Executive Member for Education & Lifelong Learning, said: “As well as offering major educational benefits, the new school will also provide significant benefits to the wider community through improved social and sporting facilities which can be accessed by all.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2023 with the new facility to be constructed while the existing school remains operational, avoiding significant disruption for pupils. The entire development is due to be completed in 2025.