'Open mind' over site of former St Augustine of Canterbury School

The former St Augustine of Canterbury School site.

The former St Augustine of Canterbury School site.

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DEVELOPERS say they have an “open mind” about the future of the former St Augustine of Canterbury School in Taunton.

The school closed in August 2010 and the site has been put on the market, with agents anticipating strong interest – but they do not know what it will become.

Chris Dawson, director at Colliers International, said: “We are keeping an open mind about things. There is a possibility the buildings could remain as they are or they could be demolished and turned into something else.

“The Diocese did make an official notification of demolition but that does not necessarily mean the buildings will be demolished. It was done to cover their backs if it is decided to re-develop the site.”

Site owners, the Anglican Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, closed the school and Ladymead to form the Taunton Academy.

The Dioceses and Somerset County Council held extensive consultations with Taunton Deane Council around possible future uses for the whole school site, which was allocated for residential-led mixed use in the Core Strategy and Small Sites Consultation 2010.

The latest Council Site Allocations and Development Management Plan Preferred Options consultation allocates the site as “reserved to meet future educational requirements” but the owners have objected to this.

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne said: “This is a prime site in Taunton and it makes sense to use it properly.

“Some of the space should be dedicated to extra housing and amenities for the community.

“It would be a shame if there was no open area left afterwards so I hope any development also includes an outdoor space for recreation.”

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10:07am Mon 17 Mar 14

Little_Owly says...

Wait for it...... another soulless crowded housing estate of little boxes with postage stamp sized gardens and no parking. Unaffordable and all bought by investors to rent out for high prices.
Wait for it...... another soulless crowded housing estate of little boxes with postage stamp sized gardens and no parking. Unaffordable and all bought by investors to rent out for high prices. Little_Owly
  • Score: 14

12:39pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Bob L says...

Wonderful to see the now disused and empty school has just had all the school warning lines repainted in Lyngford road , what a waste of our money
Wonderful to see the now disused and empty school has just had all the school warning lines repainted in Lyngford road , what a waste of our money Bob L
  • Score: 10

3:34pm Mon 17 Mar 14

prickles says...

Heard aldi have put in a bid for it.
Heard aldi have put in a bid for it. prickles
  • Score: 4

8:39pm Mon 17 Mar 14

mansell5 says...

Bob L wrote:
Wonderful to see the now disused and empty school has just had all the school warning lines repainted in Lyngford road , what a waste of our money
Is that true?
[quote][p][bold]Bob L[/bold] wrote: Wonderful to see the now disused and empty school has just had all the school warning lines repainted in Lyngford road , what a waste of our money[/p][/quote]Is that true? mansell5
  • Score: 1

8:41pm Mon 17 Mar 14

somersetvoyager says...

Little_Owly wrote:
Wait for it...... another soulless crowded housing estate of little boxes with postage stamp sized gardens and no parking. Unaffordable and all bought by investors to rent out for high prices.
INdeed, but don't build a tree house or put up a sign without permission! Money talks.
[quote][p][bold]Little_Owly[/bold] wrote: Wait for it...... another soulless crowded housing estate of little boxes with postage stamp sized gardens and no parking. Unaffordable and all bought by investors to rent out for high prices.[/p][/quote]INdeed, but don't build a tree house or put up a sign without permission! Money talks. somersetvoyager
  • Score: 3

9:48am Tue 18 Mar 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Build houses on it as It's a brownfield site, might save some of the greenfield sites that are being concreted all over Taunton.
Build houses on it as It's a brownfield site, might save some of the greenfield sites that are being concreted all over Taunton. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Taunton76 says...

With Heathfield, Castle and Bishop Foxes schools all oversubscribed and with council/government plans underway to build so many new houses in the Taunton area, in my mind we should at least be retaining our existing Secondary Schools, if not actually considering building new ones. Once again, our local council is all about maximum housing without thinking about the infrastructure to support it.
With Heathfield, Castle and Bishop Foxes schools all oversubscribed and with council/government plans underway to build so many new houses in the Taunton area, in my mind we should at least be retaining our existing Secondary Schools, if not actually considering building new ones. Once again, our local council is all about maximum housing without thinking about the infrastructure to support it. Taunton76
  • Score: 10

10:36pm Tue 18 Mar 14

somersetvoyager says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Build houses on it as It's a brownfield site, might save some of the greenfield sites that are being concreted all over Taunton.
That field looks green to me.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: Build houses on it as It's a brownfield site, might save some of the greenfield sites that are being concreted all over Taunton.[/p][/quote]That field looks green to me. somersetvoyager
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Slow down! says...

Turn it into a Secondry and Primary School!

Taunton will need them if they keep building these tiny modern chipboard boxes called Homes around the town.
Turn it into a Secondry and Primary School! Taunton will need them if they keep building these tiny modern chipboard boxes called Homes around the town. Slow down!
  • Score: 8

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