21 flats planned for old school site

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

PLANS have been put forward to build 21 flats on the site of the former  Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School in the village centre.

The proposal from developers Cotswold Homes would mean the demolition of the Victorian school and associated 20th century outbuildings.

The scheme for two and three storey blocks fronting James Street and Richmond Road has already met opposition from people living nearby, who are concerned about the impact on parking, traffic and local services.

The old school is not listed and the site is not in a conservation area but there have been calls for the original frontage to be retained in any development. The building is occupied by property guardians. 

Cotswold Homes says it proposes a high quality and distinctive development on the 0.9 acre site in keeping with the surroundings. It will keep the mature street trees and provide parking within the site.

David Blackmore, in a comment on South Gloucestershire Council’s planning website, said: “We have had enough of our former village being built upon and thus losing its appeal. The roads are crammed with commuter traffic and on street parking from local residents who have nowhere to park their vehicles. This latest proposal will only add to this congestion. Enough is enough!”

Another resident, Jake Lees, said the road was already used as a short cut by drivers.

Residents can comment in the site by searching the reference PK17/2864/F 

The application will be considered by the council’s Development Control (East) Committee.

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