On Tuesday 6th October 2020, the plans to build a new secondary school in Haverfordwest were approved by Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee today, so work can now start.
Planning Permission has now been granted to start work on the New Haverfordwest High VC School, which will be built on the site of the former Sir Thomas Picton School in Prendergast.
This new school will be Pembrokeshire County Council’s biggest construction project to date, said Cllr Phil Baker, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Infrastructure, who said
“This is an exciting day for Education and Sports provision in Haverfordwest and the whole County,”
“This 21st Century project will provide exceptional facilities for our learners and sports enthusiasts.
“Congratulations to the whole team involved with bringing this vision through the planning stage.”
Once completed the new two-storey school in Haverfordwest will house up to 1,500 pupils aged from 11 to 16 and 250 sixth form pupils. There will also be approximately 200 staff.
New sports facilities at this school will include an eight-court sports hall, a full-size floodlit 3G pitch, and two multi-use games areas. The added bonus is that all these will be available for community use outside school hours.
The existing athletics track, all-weather pitch and grass pitches will be retained.
Access to the new school is going to be via a new access road that is currently being built off the A40. This will be where most traffic, including all the school buses will enter, which will lead directly to a coach parking zone and a new car park for staff and visitors.
Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, also welcomed planning approval.
“This is another important milestone for this project in delivering a fantastic modern new 21st Century school in Haverfordwest,” he said. “A lot of hard work has been undertaken, despite COVID-19, to successfully progress the project with everything still on track for the new school to open, as scheduled, in September 2022.
“I should like to thank everyone who has supported and been involved in this project and contributed to the achievements to date.”
Pembrokeshire County Council’s technical in-house team appointed the contractor Morgan Sindall to develop the design of the new school.