Plea over nursery places to cope with influx to East End

URGENT nursery provision will be needed as ­hundreds of families move into the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village.

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Education chiefs plan to build a nursery in Dalmarnock to cope with the influx.

The move comes as council chiefs prepare for the long-term future of the village in the East End.

Homes in the area - which will host 6500 Games athletes and officials - will become 700 houses and flats.

But existing primaries may not be able to cope with increased numbers of children in the area and there is no nursery provision.

Council chiefs have now agreed to go ahead with an application for planning permission be made for a new nursery.

But plans for a primary school have been put on hold until the impact of housing developments becomes clearer.

So far, there has been a high level of ­interest in the houses for sale with 43% of ­prospective buyers coming from outside Glasgow.

Of the 700 available, 400 will be put up for rent by local housing associations.

Houses are set to be released for sale or rent from early next year.

Plans are currently in place to deal with ­immediate demand for primary school places in Dalmarnock, St ­Michael's and Sacred Heart primaries.

As well as the release of houses from the Athletes' Village, City Legacy will push forward a second phase of 152 homes for sale next to the village at Sunnybank Street.

They intend to submit a planning application this year with the aim of these being released in 2017.

And as part of the Clyde Gateway regeneration programme an overall target of 1400 new homes are planned over the coming decade.

A further 456 homes are planned or are in development, at Helenvale and Belvidere, and due for completion by 2019.

Councillors have now approved plans to seek planning permission for a nursery.

Outline planning permission will be made for a new primary school, with a capacity of 434 pupils, to be built on a site in the Athlete's Village.

Councillor Stephen Curran, executive member for education and young people, said: "We recognise there's an immediate need for more nursery places in Dalmarnock so we'll be seeking planning permission for a new building in the area.

"We still have some work to do to determine whether there's any demand for a new primary in the area and that assessment will be carried out over the next few years as families move in."

catriona.stewart@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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