King’s bosses view de­vel­op­ment of­fers

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

KING’S School bosses are sift­ing through of­fers from de­vel­op­ers to build homes on its land.

The school is con­sid­er­ing bids to de­velop hous­ing on its two cam­puses.

The school put the sites at Cum­ber­land Street and Fence Av­enue up for sale in Oc­to­ber but mar­ket­ing is now com­plete.

It’s part of the school’s plan to build a brand new school by 2020.

It has plan­ning per­mis­sion to build a new school in the green belt at Alder­ley Road, Prest­bury.

To raise the money to do this it needs to sell its cur­rent sites and has plan­ning ap­proval for 300 homes at Fence Av­enue and 150 homes at West- min­ster Road, which forms part of the Cum­ber­land Street boys cam­pus.

De­vel­op­ers have bid to carry out these de­vel­op­ments.

Dr Si­mon Hyde, head­teacher, said: “I am de­lighted with the progress the school has made in re­cent months to­wards achiev­ing our 2020 Vi­sion.

“We have re­ceived the rel­e­vant plan­ning per­mis­sion from the coun­cil and the mar­ket­ing process for our ex­ist­ing sites is now com­plete.

“The school is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing the pro­pos­als that have been pre­sented.

“Dis­cus­sions are at a very early stage and no de­ci­sions re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ers or time scales have yet been taken.

“We are now work­ing hard on fi­nal­is­ing our plans for the new school and se­cur­ing the re­quired fund­ing.”

The school is also look­ing through ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the fu­ture of the his­toric build­ings on Cum­ber­land Street, which do not form part of the de­vel­op­ment plan for the rest of the cam­pus.

The school stated any de­vel­op­ment should ‘pre­serve the le­gacy of the school within the town’.

King’s School is pre­par­ing to sell its sites at Cum­ber­land Street and Fence Av­enue to fund these new build­ings at Derby Fields

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