Cornwall Council accepts offer for Truro school site

An offer for an ex-school site in Truro has been accepted by Cornwall Council.

The 18-acre plot at Highertown has been empty since the Richard Lander School moved to its new home at Gloweth, Truro, in 2007.

The successful bidder, Taylor Wimpey, wants to build homes, including affordable housing, on the site.

The land does not yet have planning permission but the council's planning and regeneration service is preparing a development brief for the site.

'Essential services'

Jim Currie, Cornwall Council's cabinet member for corporate resources, said: "This is one of the most important sites in Truro and it is essential that we make the best use of this land."

Mr Currie said the sale would help the council continue to provide "essential services" for people in Cornwall.

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey said: "The acquisition of the former Richard Lander School is a significant investment and demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering high quality housing and the associated benefits to the people and economy of Cornwall.

"The exact number of homes to be built on the former Richard Lander School site is still in discussion with Cornwall Council."

The price offered by Taylor Wimpey has not been disclosed.

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