Housing plan for former school building

A FORMER school building in Nailsea will be converted into housing if plans for the site get the go-ahead.

As part of North Somerset Council’s continuing office amalgamation programme, the authority plans to sell off the former Four Oaks Infant School site in Silver Street once it receives planning permission to create 12 homes there.

The school closed in July 2003 and was later used as a training centre for the council’s children and young people’s services department.

However, the building is no longer used and will be sold as part of plans to move all council operations from a number of small offices into two main hubs at the town hall in Weston and Castlewood in Clevedon.

The proposals for the development, which is being overseen by brokerage company Colliers International, include converting the school building into three, one-bed apartments and three, three-bed houses, some of which will be created in new extensions.

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At the back of the site, on the existing car park, six semi-detached, three-bed houses will be created.

All will be in-keeping with the design of the school building and, at a recent consultation event at Nailsea Methodist Church, the plans received some positive reviews.

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Nick More, a development surveyor at Colliers International, said: “We had a good turn-out at the event.

“I think generally people were supportive of the plans and we had lots of helpful comments.

“Many people were very pleased the plans incorporated the original school building.”

Consultation responses will be taken into account before a full planning application for the project is submitted at the end of this month.

Once permission is gained, the site will be put on the market to potential developers with the hope of it being sold near the end of the year.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans should contact Nick More by Friday by calling 0117 917 2000 or emailing nicholas.more@colliers.com

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