EMMANUEL Christian Community School has gained approval to build a primary school in Girrawheen, about 300 metres from its existing site.
The school bought 1.08ha of crown reserve, formerly Casserley Park, from the City of Wanneroo in 2014 for $1.4 million.
The North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel approved a $9.89 million proposal for the new primary school on November 5.
At the DAP meeting, Graham Field spoke against the proposal, but the five-member panel unanimously agreed to approve it with 16 conditions.
Presiding member Karen Hyde successful moved two amendments – one requiring the school to address the safety and security of pedestrians and access from Casserley Avenue to parking areas, which she said would ensure the safety of people using the school.
The other amendment was to encourage the applicant to retain existing vegetation as much as possible.
Principal Pedro Cruz said the school community was delighted with the approval, which would allow it to expand from its current primary classes to Year 12 in 2020.
“It is expected that by the end of 2015 all planning and building approvals will be finalised and construction will begin early in 2016,” he said.
“The new school will be built in four stages: the early childhood centre (K-2) will be constructed first, followed by the library and administration and then the completion of classrooms for years 3 to 6.
“The existing site will be modified to become the high school, accommodating years 7 and 8 in 2016, and concluding with Year 12 students in 2020.”
Mr Cruz said the new double-streamed primary school had a contemporary design and would accommodate up to 490 students.