Work under way on homes at school site
WORK is now under way to build homes on the site of a former primary school.
The Victorian Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School in Richmond Road was demolished several months ago to pave the way for 21 homes.
The school closed nearly two decades ago when teachers and children moved to new premises in Emersons Green.
Since then the building has been used by South Gloucestershire Council's education department but was put up for sale when the authority declared it surplus to requirements.
Rodway councillor Michael Bell had hoped the building could be saved for community use but the cost of repairing the building meant this plan never got off the ground.
Planning permission was granted in April despite more than 20 letters of objection.
Residents said the Victorian facade should be retained in order to respect local history. Others said there was already too much traffic thundering through the village and the development would just add to it.
The scheme, called Richmond Grove, has been designed by Yate-based housebuilder Cotswold Homes and includes 15 houses, six flats and 43 parking spaces.
The company says it has been designed to "echo the external appearance of the old-established villas in Richmond Road and as a homage to the previous school building".
The company says the area – mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Manegodesfelle – is popular with Bristol commuters keen to swap the city for a home location which, with its open green spaces and mature trees, still retains a village feel.
A marketing suite is expected to open this month.
Work starts on the site of the former primary school