Proposed pre-5 and primary joint campus in Dunoon

Proposed pre-5 and primary joint campus, Dunoon
Location: Kirn Primary School, Park Road, Kirn, Dunoon PA23 8EH

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Argyll and Bute Council intends to build a new pre-5 and primary joint campus to serve the Dunoon and Kirn area under the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ programme. 

This new campus facility will accommodate 685 primary school pupils together with a 100-space pre-school and wrap-around care nursery facility (total capacity 785).

The site for the new campus is the existing Kirn Primary School site and adjacent rugby pitch to the west of Park Road. The current area of the site is approximately 24,955m2 (or 2.495 hectares), excluding adjacent roads and pathways required to serve the new campus.

Dunoon Primary School and Kirn Primary School will amalgamate into one non-denominational primary school with St Mun’s Primary School sharing the campus as a denominational primary school.  Within the primary school element there will be specialist accommodation for a Learning Centre to support children with additional support needs and a Nurture Group facility to support children with additional emotional needs.

Regarding the pre-school element, this proposal includes a stand-alone nursery unit accommodating Clyde Cottage local authority nursery centre and incorporating Clyde Cottage voluntary nursery within the existing local authority pre-school education establishments at Kirn Primary and Dunoon Primary.

Pre-Application Consultation (PAC)
Planning legislation sets out statutory requirements for pre-application consultation (PAC) between prospective applicants and communities/stakeholders.  PAC is a statutory process which an applicant is obliged to undertake in advance of submitting any formal planning application for a development treated as ‘national’ or ‘major’ as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

The Pre Application Consultation provides an opportunity for meaningful engagement with those who represent the communities’ views and should offer the opportunity to mitigate negative impacts and misunderstandings and to deal with any community issues which can be addressed prior to the submission of a formal application for planning permission.

During a statutory minimum period of 12 weeks, a programme of consultation will be carried out with communities and other stakeholders by Argyll and Bute Council, starting on 1 August and ending on 24 October 2011.   You can pass on your comments on the proposals here on the website using our online form, or you can send your comments by email to or by post to Argyll and Bute Council, Facility Services, Argyll House, Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AJ. You can also view or download the plan of the proposed site associated with the application, and read the Proposal of Application Notice, part of the pre-application process, here.

In addition, the following public events will also be held where members of the public can comment on the proposed development;

  • Queens Hall, Dunoon on Thursday 15 September 2011, from 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Dunoon Grammar School on Tuesday 20 September 2011, from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Queens Hall, Dunoo on Wednesday 5th October 2011, from 10.00am to 4.00pm

These public events will be advertised at least seven days in advance in a newspaper circulating in the locality of the proposed development and on our website, to ensure members of community councils, representative groups and other members of the public can arrange to attend.

Your responses will be incorporated into a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) Report, detailing how we have responded to the comments made, including whether and to what extent the proposals have been amended as a result of the Pre-Application Consultation process.

The Pre-Application Consultation is an additional measure and does not take away the right of individuals and communities to express formal views during the subsequent planning application process.  The planning application stage provides the statutory opportunity for individuals to make representations on proposals to the planning authority.

A statutory minimum period of 12 weeks must elapse between the submission of the PAC - Proposal of Application Notice and a formal application notice to the planning authority.

For further information, please contact Fraser Harper on 01369 708572 or

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Consultation dates: 

1 Aug 2011 to 24 Oct 2011

Contact Name: 

Fraser Harper


01369 708572