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Callander Primary School

Major planning application submitted for a new primary school in Callander.


An application has been submitted to the National Park Planning Authority by Ryder Architecture on behalf of Stirling Council Infrastructure and Delivery Team for;

“Erection of primary school building, relocation of astroturf pitch, formation of new car parking and outdoor spaces with associated hard and soft landscaping (for dual education and community use)”.

The proposal is for 2543 square meters of new floorspace and will require the relocation of the existing 3G astroturf multipurpose pitch.

The application includes the formation of a new car park and drop off to serve the new school, increasing car parking spaces from 144 to 190 with the inclusion of electric vehicle parking spaces.

New cycle parking storage will be provided within the campus.

A new pedestrian/cycle route is incorporated within the layout which will connect to wider development envisaged within the South Callander Masterplan including new riverside walkway with footbridge over the River Teith and any future tourism and housing development south of the campus.

A 400m active track, long jump, social area and arena, orchard and outdoor education areas are proposed within the new campus.

Major Development Process

This application is classified as a ‘major’ development because the site area is in excess of 2 hectares.

Major developments follow a different planning process to smaller planning applications. You can find a step-by-step overview of this process in our ‘major developments explained’ blog.

Pre Application Consultation

The applicants submitted a proposal of application notice to the National Park Planning Authority on 28 March 2023 which was followed up with two public drop in events at McLaren High School on 24 April 2023 and 31 May 2023. Full details of the pre application exercise and feedback received may be viewed within the Pre-Application Consultation Report at the link here.

Having your say

You are welcome to make a comment on the application, either for or against the proposal.  The statutory deadline for making comments is 12th January 2024.

If you would like your views to be taken into consideration during the decision-making process, it is important to make comments to us directly. There are three ways to make comments:

  • Comment via our e-planning portal using the reference number 2023/0427/DET and the ‘Submit Comments’ tab
  • Email us at or
  • Write a letter and send it to our National Park Headquarters. Please include an e-mail address if you have one. Unless we hear from you to the contrary, all communication will be electronic as this will help us to reduce our environmental impact.

Further advice on how to comment on a planning application is contained within our How do I comment on a live planning application blog.

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