THE green light has been given to extend a Co Derry school to accommodate hundreds of extra students following the closure of a nearby Catholic school.
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council’s planning committee yesterday granted a proposal to build six new classrooms and more carparking spaces at Loreto College in Coleraine.
Loreto College, situated on Castlerock Road, lodged a planning application a year ago in direct response to the phased closure of St Joseph’s College in the town.
Pupil numbers are expected to rise from 800 to 1080 over the next academic year.
A series of closures and mergers which radically altered the Catholic schools map was first announced five years ago by former Sinn Féin education minister John O’Dowd.