New Dafydd Llwyd School

Planning application submitted

A picture of the school plan

The council has now applied for planning permission for the new Dafydd Llwyd Welsh medium school in Newtown. You can find out more detail about the application at the council's Planning Portal at 

and searching for Reference Number P/2013/1138.  You can also comment online on the planning application using the portal. The closing date for comments on the planning application is December 20th, 2013.

To see the latest plans (August 2013)

You can see the latest plans via the links immediately below. If you would like to comment please email by September 20th, 2013.

Site Plan - August 2013


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Floor Plan - August 2013


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Elevations - August 2013


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3D views of the site - August 2013


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3D views of the building - August 2013


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3D view of typical classroom - August 2013


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3D views of entrance and library - August 2013


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Bilingual key to plans


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Plans as of January 2013

The January 2013 plan, including the proposed access to the site, can be found on the link below.

January 2013 Plan


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Welsh and English labels for plan


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Plans as of October 2012

To see the plans produced in October 2012 for the proposed new Welsh school for Newtown - Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd - click on the files below.

3D views - 1


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3D views - 2


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3D views - 3


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Site plan


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Floor plan


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Plans as of September 2012

To see the September 2012 plans for the proposed  new Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd on the Newtown High School site click on the links below.

3D elevations


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3D elevations


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Site plan


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Floor plan


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Key to floor plan


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Our first thoughts on a new home for Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd

Small picture of one of the suggestions for the new school

A new era

Powys County Council has a vision of transforming teaching and learning. Schools which were once fit for purpose were designed for a different era of education. A new era has emerged with a focus on community involvement, extended school opening hours, personalised learning and the integration of ICT into every aspect of the curriculum.

The Severn Valley Welsh Medium Primary School will be a new flagship community focused school and have the ability to deliver the very best standard of Welsh medium primary school education in Powys. 

The new school will be situated on the site of Newtown High School and will replace the existing Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd Primary school. Designed for up to 300 pupils, the school will provide for both able and less able bodied pupils and is currently planned to incorporate a Significant Additional Learning Needs unit, Children and Young People's Partnership (CYPP) /Multi Agency unit and "community-focused" adult learning facilities. It will also provide early years facilities for up to 96 part time pupils as a replacement for Cylch Meithrin.

The council is aiming to open the new school in January 2015.

Energy efficient

Like our recent developments in Ystradgynlais and Machynlleth, the new school will be one of a new generation of energy efficient schools where the reduction of carbon emissions and sustainable development is the main driving force. With materials specified where possible from the BRE Green Guide, the building will be subject to a BREEAM Assessment. BREEAM is Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment method. It is the benchmark by which all new school projects are judged and considered to be the industry standard of best practice in sustainable design.

Passive Energy sources are free energy and the bedrock of sustainable design and will be used as much as possible, which means:

  • achieving a balance between using solar heat gain and overheating;
  • achieving good daylight over glare;
  •  and designing shading that balances protection from too much solar radiation and natural light.

Access to the site

Highway access to the site at Newtown High School is currently under review and a number of options are being considered (see the "Ideas for possible access to the new school" file in the right hand column).

The council has employed consultants to undertake a comprehensive Transport Assessment to take into account the needs of the school and the wider community. The results of the Transport Assessment are due back in the summer of 2012.

Concept plans

Currently the concept plans (see the files in the right hand column) are in their infancy and two models have been developed to date; the Atrium and the Village. Both models are designed around a simple principle of clearly defined access contours, segregating areas where pupils play from vehicle parking areas and defining the zones which pupils, staff and visitors can access the school without compromising security.

The Village is organised around a central hall and resource area which acts as the school’s heart. A central open courtyard with hard and soft landscaping provides opportunities for outdoor teaching and group activities.  Some classrooms are single sided with the benefit of bringing natural light and ventilation deep into the main circulation areas. Each classroom has access through paired cloakrooms to a sheltered outdoor play space. South East facing classrooms maximise the use of free solar energy which helps to reduce energy consumption and the use of a 'brise soleil' (a type of canopy which was used on Canolfan Hyddgen) and solar glass help to restrict solar glare and overheating.

The Atrium classrooms radiate from a central 'street' which acts as the main hub of the school.  Clerestory glazing provides high level natural light and ventilation which penetrates deep into the circulation areas. The street forms the main circulation and activity centre of the school and can be used for any number of activities for small group and personalised learning. Different zones will be created by changes in colour, texture and lighting. The Library resource area will be separated from the ICT, art and practical workshops by an intelligent use of flexible furniture and hard wearing floor finishes.

There are currently discussions going on about use of the building and the site as a learning resource for demonstrating environmental awareness and the school has already expressed a desire to have an area of the site set aside to allow the creation of a natural habitat to help encourage bio-diversity. The children and staff are also keen to have a place for growing organic vegetables and to embrace the forest schools programme.

What do you think?

This is an on-going process and we welcome your thoughts so if you have any comments on our initial ideas, please email us at


Project board Minutes:

Project board Minutes 9th May 2011 (Draft)

Project board Minutes 7th February 2011

Project board Minutes 6th December 2010

Project board Minutes 5th November 2010

Let us know what you think

If you would like to comment on this project, please feel free to email the council at

Early concept plans

The Atrium concept


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The Village concept


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Ideas for possible access to the new school


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