PLANS for a new £25m school in Rhyl have moved a step closer to fruition.
Denbighshire Council has lodged a formal application for the development to replace the existing Rhyl High School.
It is proposed to build the complex on part of the school playing-field and then demolish the existing building while retaining the leisure centre which adjoins it.
The application has been submitted following lengthy consultations with staff, pupils and local residents, following which some amendments were made to address their concerns over traffic management and other issues.
The new school will accommodate 1,245 children, 45 of whom will be pupils of Ysgol Tir Morfa, the town’s special school. They will share some of the facilities and even some classes.
The building, to be linked to the leisure centre by a pedestrian bridge, will be heated by the biomass boiler which heats the leisure centre and which is currently underused.
Bird experts have helped draw up the plans to try to reduce the nuisance from seagulls perching and nesting on the roof.
Rhyl High School has been transformed in the past five years and, having been in special measures, is now one of the best-performing schools in Denbighshire.
In documents supporting the application the architects say the new development will “enhance the standard of the pupils’ education, improve the skills of the workforce and provide a genuine heart to the local community for future generations”.