St Joseph’s College looks to the future

By Laura Lyne

A JOINT planning application for the extension of St Joseph’s College in conjunction with Scoil Mhuire Girls’ National School in Lucan has been submitted to South Dublin County Council.

It was submitted on March 7, and is for the demolition of an existing building for St Joseph’s College located to the east of the main school buildings and the construction of a new 3,346sq.m. extension for the school.

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It will be constructed in four phases – a 1,817sq.m. three-storey extension to the north of the main school building that will also form a new pedestrian entrance to the school and a 1,340sq.m. two-storey extension to the east.

The other two phases include a 55sq.m. two-storey extension for an escape stairs proposed on the west side of the two-storey classroom block and a 133sq.m. single-storey extension at the first floor of the existing PE hall.

Included within the application is a re-configuration of existing vehicular and pedestrian access off Lucan Heights to form the main vehicular and secondary pedestrian access for St Joseph’s College.

The existing pedestrian entrance for Scoil Mhuire off the Lucan Road is also to be re-configured and the existing vehicular entrance for St Joseph’s is to be re-designated as the primary school vehicular entrance.

Consent for the statuatory applications for the development was given by Scoil Mhuire GNS and the Presentation North East Province.

South Dublin County Council gave consent to St Joseph’s College to use lands that are a part of a compulsory purchase order to facilitate the new development.

Development is not permitted to take place until full planning permission is granted, with an “appropriate legal agreement” taking place between the council and the applicant in respect of the lands in the near future.

A decision on the application is due from South Dublin County Council by May 1.

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