A new Ness Side Primary School and nursery will boast 24 classrooms and serve the Ness Castle area to the south of Inverness.

Highland Council has already approved 984 new houses in the area.

The school is expected to have a roll of more than 850 primary and nursery pupils by 2032, but hopes to welcome an initial tranche of 150 children when it opens in August 2021.

The school will eventually accommodate more than 800 pupils.

A design statement accompanying the plans states: “With the new primary school forming part of a peripheral development and defining a new community centre to the south of the city, an appropriate contextual response is to align with the character of notable buildings on the outskirts of Inverness. Estate homes and castles outside of the city centre, often running alongside the River Ness, are more reflective of the original local character.”


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If approved, work will be carried out in two phases, the first of which will see the building of a two-storey school with space for 333 school pupils.


Source: The Inverness Courier