The planning appeal submitted by Co Meath VEC to An Bord Pleanala has been successful, granting permission for an extension of Ratoath College to accommodate an additional 450 students.
In April the council shot down plans for the 3,288sq metre two-storey extension to the school over fears it could create a “serious traffic hazard” due to the extra traffic that would be generated, where the road network is constrained.
The proposed extension was to provide 25 new teaching spaces, a special needs unit and 14 car parking spaces at Jamestown, Ratoath.
Chairman of Ratoath College, Cllr Nick Killian says he is delighted with the positive outcome of the appeal.
“We can now proceed in the provision of educational facilities for 1,300 students, which will be fully operational by 2017.
“I look forward to the process beginning within the next six months. There was a delay due to the planning decision, but thankfully that has been overcome and we can move forward to build the necessary facilities for the population of Ratoath.
“This is a positive outcome for the staff, parents, but more importantly the students of Ratoath College,” said Cllr Killian.