Number of homes planned for school site drops to 65

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Proposals for houses on the site of the former King Ecgbert School in Dore are being firmed up.

Outline plans have been drawn up for 65 properties aimed primarily at families. The council is looking for planning permission for housing on the derelict land, which once accommodated part of the school before consolidation on one site, before inviting developers to produce detailed schemes.

Initially about 100 homes were envisaged.

The council says public consultation so far has indicated “unanimous opposition” to apartments. “Developers would also avoid terraced property forms and three storey townhouses of the type that often have an integral garage at ground floor.”

Local councillor Colin Ross said: “The community knows there is going to be housing, but they would like it to be unobtrusive and certainly not apartments and three-storey townhouses. There is an ageing population in Dore and people would like smaller houses, such as bungalows.”