Consultation opens into new Peebles community campus

A new community consultation on plans for the proposed community campus to replace Peebles High School, damaged by fire in November 2019, has been launched this week.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 3:02 pm
An image of how the new Peebles Community Campus could look.

The online consultation, at www.scotborders.gov.uk/peeblescampus offers the opportunity for the wider community to provide their views on the plans.

The proposals outline the plans for a “transformational new campus building” to be built over two-storeys on the grounds of the existing school. Members of the public will be able to view in detail plans for the site layout of the new building and the external designs.

Included in the plans are the provision of a 3G sports pitch to complement the existing 2G pitch and existing sports block built in 2013/14, as well as the creation of various multi-purpose community spaces.

A full-rebuild option was taken forward by the council following a feasibility study conducted in December 2020 which examined the benefits of a full new-build of the school as opposed to a part-rebuild of the facilities.

The preferred option was shown to significantly reduce the overall construction time of the project and minimise potential disruption to pupils throughout the process.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, executive member for children and young people, said: “The events of the Peebles High School fire have caused immeasurable disruption to the young learners and teaching staff in the area.

“The replacement campus will offer a completely new, state-of-the-art, community facility which will give our young learners access to high-quality learning and offer wide-ranging benefits to the wider public.

“This new facility has the potential to become a focal point for the town of Peebles, and this consultation offers the opportunity for all members of the local community to give their feedback on plans for the new school.

“I would encourage everyone in the Peebles area to take the time to explore the dedicated consultation website and share their views with us.”

This consultation will run for a period of 12 weeks, after which a summary report examining the feedback will be produced as part of a full planning application.

A timeline of 24 months has been outlined for the initial construction of the new school building.