New homes on old Grange School site by 2025, says council

Cllr Steve Reade on the site

People will be moving into new homes on the old Grange campus in Warmley by 2025, says South Gloucestershire Council.

And work on a new two-form entry primary school on the site is due to begin in 2023, with the first pupils expected to be starting lessons in September 2024.

The location identified is on the southern part of the land and the school will ultimately accommodate 420 children.

The Grange School & Sports College closed five years ago and the site is currently being bulldozed. Up to 200 new homes could be delivered there with studies currently under way to understand the best way to achieve that, including how to make space for self-build homes for which there is a growing demand in South Gloucestershire.

The council says that as plans come forward and planning permission is sought, the community will have the opportunity to have their say on proposals. It is already engaged with local people, which has helped shape our vision for the site and how it links to the wider Warmley area.

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.

Today South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment & Strategic Infrastructure, Cllr Steve Reade, said: “We have long held the ambition to redevelop this brownfield site and I am delighted that the preparatory work in now under way 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.”

The current bridge

In Issue 697 we reported that the government had stepped in to save the regeneration by providing more than £2m for a new access over Warmley Brook. Originally it had been anticipated that the existing bridge could be remodelled, but survey work revealed that the current bridge is not structurally capable.

The site is already home to the Digitech School which takes students aged from 14 to 19. Warmley Park School, which caters for children with learning difficulties, is also on the wider campus.

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