Next milestone in the development of new Fitzalan High School


A Planning Application for the new Fitzalan High School has been submitted to Cardiff Council's planning committee. 

This marks the next stage in development for the latest project to be delivered under the Cardiff Council and Welsh Government £284m Band B 21stCentury Schools Programme. 

If progressed, the new Fitzalan High School will represent a £63.5m investment in the local community and would see the existing school replaced with a new-build school on land next to the Leckwith Stadium in the Canton area of the city. 

It would be a 10 form entry, accommodating up to 1,500 students between the age of 11 and 16, plus a sixth form. The new school would offer comprehensive sports facilities including a multi-use games area, 3G pitches and a new indoor swimming pool, replacing the current pool which is already extensively used by local schools and community groups. 

These, and other facilities at the school would be available for public use outside school hours.  

Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: "Schools investment is a priority and this is the next step to delivering a new Fitzalan High School which will not only provide pupils with access to state-of-the art facilities and the highest quality learning environment, but also provide the local community with opportunities to benefit from excellent, modern amenities.

"A four week consultation presented the general public and local stakeholders with the opportunity to make any comments or suggestions on the plans. We are grateful for those views received which have helped shape the proposals." 

The Planning Application is for the enabling works associated with the project, ahead of the construction application which will be submitted in Spring.

The Planning Application seeks full planning permission for the following: 

  • Relocation of the Air Dome onto land behind Leckwith Stadium ;
  • New grass stitched football pitch Tier 2 standard, (with no floodlighting);
  • New 3G rugby / football pitch;
  • Relocation of throwing range;
  • Erection of 2 storey changing room building (with 3 community classrooms at first floor and 1 on ground floor);
  • Erection of a single storey changing room building;
  • Pitch 5 (for use by cricket);
  • Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) 16 and 17; and
  • Provision of new car parking area and cycle stands for community parking. 

Subject to planning and procurement, construction of the new school is expected to be completed in the 2022/2023 academic year. 

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