90 homes earmarked for college site in Cheltenham
AROUND 90 homes could be built on the site of a former Cheltenham school in a major new development.
Christ College, in Arle Road, closed a year ago as students moved into the £24.6 million All Saints' Academy.
And this week The Clifton Diocese, which owns the site, said plans to build 90 homes, of unknown size, for the area could be submitted before the end of the year.
Phil Gibbons, a spokesman for the diocese, said: "This development hopes to make provision for 90 new houses as well as securing a community asset for the future of sport in Cheltenham.
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"The Clifton Diocese, and more particularly our agents, have been in pre-application discussions with Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire Highways among others.
"We will shortly be embarking upon a public consultation exercise with the anticipation of submitting an outline planning application before the end of the year."
Bulldozers rolled onto the site in Arle Road in July.
The demolition of the former school buildings and the caretakers' house is expected to finish at the end of this week.
However, contractors will remain on site for a short time tidying things up.
The diocese has already pledged to keep the sports hall on site and reopen it for community use.
The church has been in discussions with an organisation who could take on the running of the hall.
Mr Gibbons added: "We are still in detailed discussions with an organisation regarding the management of the sports hall.
"We hope to conclude those soon and if these discussions can be satisfactorily concluded, then the organisation could take the building on very quickly.
"When it might open would be a matter for them."
Christ College opened in September 2007 and was previously St Benedict's Catholic College.
At the time, it was the first joint Roman Catholic and Church of England school in Gloucestershire.
Church bosses previously instructed the contractors, Bath Demolition, to minimise noise, dirt and nuisance for residents during the knocking down of the college.
The plan was for hoses to be fitted with fine mist water sprays to keep dust levels to a minimum and for materials being removed from the site to be loaded in protected sheets to prevent debris escaping.