150 homes planned for Grange site

July 30 2020

REDEVELOPMENT of the Grange School site in Warmley has made significant progress, the Voice has been told.

The former Grange School in Warmley

Following South Gloucestershire Council’s master-planning exercise and community engagement activities, an outline planning application is being prepared, which will see the site repurposed for housing, education and sports uses. 

Homes England has awarded South Gloucestershire Council £4.6 million in February to redevelop part of the former secondary school site for residential purposes. It is proposed that that there will be a minimum of 150 new homes there.

In early March,  a well-attended community engagement event took place at Warmley Memorial Hall and Community Centre. Officers from the council and members of the project team met residents and explained the nature of the draft proposals, which they say were generally well received.

The site is already home to Digitech Studio School, which opened in 2015 and provides a specialised curriculum for progression into the creative digital and hi-tech sectors for students aged 14-19. 

Digitech is run by the Cabot Learning Federation, which has been given the go-ahead to open a primary school on the site. It is due to be named Tower Road Primary and could open to its first reception class in September next year.

The council says there is potential for further education facilities on the site.         

Councillor Steve Reade, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and the Strategic Environment, said: “We are delighted to receive this Homes England funding, which will help us achieve some of our aspirations for this precious parcel of council-owned land. 

“Our ambition is to make the best use of this land as possible and deliver a balance of housing and facilities that provide for the local community. There is a growing demand for school places and new homes, and we also want to ensure some of the space is dedicated to continue providing sport and leisure activities in the area.”

A council spokesman told the Voice: “Although we don’t have a timescale at this stage, in accordance with planning policy, there will be a minimum of 35 per cent affordable housing comprising of homes for social rent and shared ownership. There is also a requirement to deliver five per cent of the units for self or custom build.”

Demolition of buildings on the site, which ceased during the lockdown, has now resumed.