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SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Grange school redevelopment

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Grange school redevelopment

Source: Avon Fire and Rescue

A fire-ravaged school on the outskirts of Bristol is set to be replaced by a new primary school and up to 200 new homes, according to new details released by the local authority.

Bulldozers are currently demolishing the former Grange School in Warmley after about half the buildings were destroyed in a confirmed arson attack in May.

The old secondary school and sports college closed in 2016 after being placed in special measures.

Now South Gloucestershire Council has released new details about its plans to knock it down and redevelop the site, having secured an extra £2million from the Government to take the scheme forward.

A new two-form entry primary school and up to 200 homes are planned for the Grange site, a council spokesperson told the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The Digitec Studio School, which opened on the site in 2015 and provides a curriculum for progression into creative digital and high-tech sectors, will remain.

The new primary school will ultimately accommodate 420 children and will sit on the southern part of the site.

“We are aiming for construction to begin on site in 2023 and for the first pupils to be able to start lessons in September 2024,” the council spokesperson said.

The local authority hopes the first new homes will be ready to move into in 2025, and is looking at ways to include some space for self-build homes, which are growing in popularity in South Gloucestershire.

It also plans to replace a pedestrian bridge on the edge of the site with a new bridge that both walkers and cyclists can use to get to the rest of Warmley.

The total budget for the scheme is currently estimated at £6.7million, according to papers approved by the ruling Conservative administration last week (October 11).

The council spokesperson said: “As plans come forward and planning permission is sought the community will have the opportunity to have their say on proposals, but we are already engaged with local people, which has helped shape our vision for the site and how it links to the wider Warmley area.

“We anticipate that, subject to the formal planning process, people will be able to move into new homes here in 2025.

“The vision for this new community is for it to be socially inclusive, connected to the wider area and have a range of recreational opportunities, including retaining some sports provision as well as open spaces for the benefit of the people of Warmley.”

The council’s draft building programme over the next four years shows it expects to have spent a total of £6.67million on the Grange site redevelopment by the end of 2025/26, with £5.57million of that spent by the end of March next year.

Homes England awarded the council £4.6million to build homes on the site last year, and this funding must be spent by March 2022.

Earlier this month, the Government allocated the local authority another £2.02million from its Brownfield Land Release Fund to help bring the project forward.

Councillor Steve Read, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and strategic infrastructure, said: “We have long held the ambition to redevelop this brownfield site and I am delighted that the preparatory work is now underway on site that will help us deliver new homes, a new school and other community benefits.

“The Government’s investment, through the Brownfield Land Release Fund and Homes England, is helping us to bring this project forward and we look forward to developing the detailed plans and to sharing them with the community.”

Announcing the winning bids for grants from the £75million Brownfield Land Release Fund, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said £58million had been released to 53 councils to demolish derelict buildings, allowing a total of 5,600 new homes to be built without touching the countryside.

The Brownfield Land Release Fund is delivered by the One Public Estate programme which is a collaboration between the DLUHC, the Local Government Association and the Cabinet Office.

Words: Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter


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