PLANS to extend Struthers Primary School, including a sports and dining hall, has been granted despite objections.

The school will be extended to the north-west of the site to create a multi-functional area with a sports hall, dining hall, performance areas and assembly area.

Car parking will be extended to provide an additional 12 spaces. The plans come after an increase in housing in Troon and Barassie. Proposals were approved by members of the Regulatory Panel last week at South Ayrshire Council. 

Applicant Mark McKendrie said: “This [application] is as a result of an increase in housing. We want to extend the hall so it can be multipurpose.”

Planning officer Michael McLelland said: “There will be additional car parking within the school site on the west side.”

Cllr Peter Convery asked: “If the gym hall is to be for multi purpose, can you give me some assurances about the roof?” 

Mr McKendrie replied: “The window will be obscure. There won’t be an issue with anyone looking in or out. There will light for the those who use the hall for sport and other activities.”

Objectors made their opinions known to the council before the decision was made. 

One resident, who resides at Garry Place, believes the plan is “selfish”, stating: “I realise the need for a larger school, but why at the expense of neighbours.”

Another added: “The magnitude of the proposed extension will adversely affect the local environment.

“The proposal to extend the western elevation of the building is flawed by the very limited area available. It is expected that good neighbourliness will prevail.”

The application was approved.