Plans for a new Gwendraeth Valley primary school that will serve over 200 children have been lodged to Carmarthenshire County Council.

The application states that the development will include the construction of new Welsh medium primary school, to be called Ysgol Gorslas, with new playing field and multi-use games area, to cater for 210 pupils and 30 nursery places, with associated landscaping on land north of Cefneithin Road.

Agents Asbri outlining the school plans within the planning application: “The proposed site for Ysgol Gorslas sits adjacent to Cefneithin Road and Church Road.

“The site itself forms part of Gorslas Park and is split in levels with the northern portion elevated and sloping into the southern portion of the site.”

They explain that south of the site is an existing children’s play area, which will remain and does not form part of the application site.

It is already part of the council’s Local Development Plan (LDP).

The current Gorslas site and school buildings do not meet Carmarthenshire’s standards in terms of the facilities they offer and the teaching and resource areas required.

Neither do they meet the standards for environmental efficiency and sustainability.

The major investment would be part of Carmarthenshire Council’s Modernising Education Programme (MEP) jointly funded by the council and the Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools initiative.

The council’s executive board member for education and children’s services, councillor Glynog Davies said: “The current school building is not fit for purpose, and certainly does not provide the kind of learning environment we all want for our children and grandchildren.

“The new building will provide staff and pupils with accommodation and facilities fit for the 21st century, it will ensure that the highest quality teaching and learning can be provided and will also have first class facilities the community can use.”