Plans for Hillside Primary approved

An artist's impression of what the new school could look like.
An artist's impression of what the new school could look like.

Planning permission has been granted for the new Hillside Primary School in Portlethen, with work due to start imminently.

The £13million new facility will cater for up to 350 pupils on a five-acre site in the Hillside area.

Residents have been campaigning for several years to get to this point, and the school is expected to open its doors in late 2016 or early 2017.

North Kincardine councillor Alison Evison has been a vocal supporter of the plans for several years, despite a number of setbacks.

Speaking after the plans were backed by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee on Tuesday, she said: “It will be a real relief to the Portlethen community that planning permission for the new school and all weather pitch at Hillside was finally approved today.

“The results of a recent consultation show that 97% of residents want this new school and the new Aberdeenshire Administration is fully committed to it too. There will be ongoing consultation with parents and the community as the project progresses.”.

Fellow councillor Ian Mollison commented on Tuesday: “Planning permission for the new Hillside primary school was granted by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee this afternoon. Another hurdle cleared. All the councillors welcomed and supported the plans.

“It is regrettable however that the council was not able to buy more land to give the school more breathing space. But if landowners don’t want to sell, then you have a problem. Nonetheless this is good news and building can get under way once road access is available - which hopefully will be in the next few weeks.”

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