The plans, which would see a purpose-built campus for St Benedict’s School and Mayfield School on one site, have been backed by the council’s planning panel.
There are also proposals for sports pitches, facilities, car parking and landscaping on the site, at St Benedict’s School, as well as new access onto Moresby Road and Red Lonning.
The plans, submitted by Cumbria County Council, would see the two schools in two separate blocks and linked by a central area which would accommodate the sports hall, the dining area for St Benedict’s and facilities for Mayfield School including a hydrotherapy pool.
The proposed layout has been influenced by the need to keep the existing St Benedict’s School during construction. Once the new-build is up and running, there are proposals to demolish the former St Benedict’s school buildings.