Sports clubs in Welshpool will have access to outdoor facilities set to be built as part of a new Welsh-medium primary school building, following site meetings last week.

Last week, county council representatives met with members of Welshpool Town Council as well as Cllr Phil Pritchard, county councillor for Welshpool Castle Ward, at the proposed site of the new Ysgol Gymraeg y Trallwng at Maesydre to discuss the planned development.

Now councillors say that following that meeting, an agreement has been reached that will allow Welshpool’s sports clubs and the community access to the sports pitch and multi-use games area that are being installed as part of the new development.

A community hall will also be sited at the new school, which will be available for use by the wider community. Community access to both the outdoor facilities and community hall will be outside of school hours, the council says.

As part of the community benefits package for the new school, the county council will also provide facilities for a skatepark close to the school, as well as providing a new fence at Welshpool Football Club.

Cllr Phil Pritchard, county councillor for Welshpool Castle Ward, said he was delighted with the news, after a busy month of negotiations.

"I am absolutely over the moon that our children in Welshpool, together with our sports clubs, will have the benefit of use of all these facilities for years to come," he said.

"Whilst this has been a long-running discussion, I’m delighted to have been able to reach this agreement on behalf of the children of Welshpool.

"It has been a very frantic 5 weeks debate, but the end certainly justifies the work.

"I’m very grateful of the support I have received from Welshpool Town councillors Hazel Evans, Estelle Bleivas, Chris Davies, and Michael Davies. Together with county councillor Graham Breeze, without their constant help, it would not have been possible to achieve this wonderful opportunity for all the children of Welshpool, both currently and for many years to come.

"I must also offer my very sincere thanks to the officers of Powys County Council who were involved in these discussions, without their genuine efforts and understanding, these arrangements would not have been possible."

The 150-place Ysgol Gymraeg Y Trallwng has previously been described as a "flagship project" by the council with it being the first 21st Century Schools build in Powys that will see the integration of an historical building with modern architecture. The building will also be the first energy efficient Passivhaus hybrid project in the UK.

The new school will be built on the former site of Ysgol Maesydre with the old Grade II listed building, currently occupied by Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School, refurbished to accommodate early years and community facilities. A new extension will be built to include a new school hall and classroom bases.

The council say the will help the deliver its Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys, is being funded jointly by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme and the council.