King Alfred Academy site gets new lease of life with homes approval

21 May 2018


Plans to turn a former school site in Wantage into a new community of brand new homes, have been given the official go-ahead.

The King Alfred School's East Site, which was formerly home to Year 7 and 8 pupils, was handed over to leading housebuilder Bovis Homes in January. The firm has now received planning approval to begin work to remove the site's disused buildings and construct 150 new homes on the land.

The new properties will range from one-bedroom apartments through to five-bedroom family homes, with as many as 60 of the homes being allocated as affordable housing, to be managed by a local registered provider.
Supriya Ray, managing director of Bovis Homes Western region, said: “We're delighted to have been given approval to begin constructing these new homes. The planning approval represents a major milestone in the life of this land and we're confident that, once built, the new homes will make a positive contribution to the local community – just like the school buildings that stood here before them.

“We'd like to thank the school, Vale of White Horse District Council and, of course, the local community for their feedback and positive contributions throughout the process.”

As well as delivering the new homes, Bovis Homes will contribute more than £1.6million to support the local community, with the funding going towards local infrastructure such as the Wantage Eastern Link Road, improvements to local bus services, investment in local health facilities and local sports facilities. More than £800,000 has been ring-fenced for local education needs.

Work on site is set to start imminently, with the first show home opening towards the end of the year.

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