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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the construction of a state-of-the-art campus in Galashiels, marking an important next step in the replacement of the outdated existing school.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.

The new facility will be constructed within the existing school boundary and on a portion of the town’s Scott Park.

The plans detail the development of a transformational campus offering open-plan and modern learning environments which will also provide a variety of versatile spaces for use by the wider community.

Councillor Leagh Douglas, Executive Member for Education & Lifelong Learning, said: “The approval of planning signifies another major milestone in the programme for the construction of a new world class education facility in Galashiels.

“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.

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