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School site sold for affordable housing

Written by Peter Davison on .

Margaret Stancomb school siteMargaret Stancomb school siteA former primary school in Trowbridge is to be turned into affordable accommodation, after being acquired by a housing association.

Selwood Housing has bought the disused former Margaret Stancomb school site from Wiltshire Council.

Built in 1893 to provide primary education for 139 children aged between three and seven years old, the town centre site has been derelict for over ten years, since the former school joined with Bellefield primary school.

Selwood Housing group chief executive Barry Hughes said: “As a local housing association based in Trowbridge, we’re delighted to have bought this brownfield site in order to deliver much-needed affordable homes.

"Our plans are to regenerate this site sympathetically, centred around the impressive 19th century school building, which we plan to retain and convert, to keep this historic landmark. We will build a range of affordable homes for shared ownership and social rent.

"The shared ownership homes will help local families get on to the housing ladder and homes for social rent provide lower cost rented homes on a secure basis."

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for spatial planning, development management and property said: “Where possible we are keen for suitable development on brownfield sites. I look forward to hearing more detail on these proposals to provide affordable housing for Wiltshire.”

Property agent Kavanaghs acted for Wiltshire Council.