University of Gloucestershire sells part of campus

The University of Gloucestershire's Pittville Campus
Image caption The Universtiy's media, art and design teaching facilities have been relocated to other campuses

The University of Gloucestershire has sold off half its Pittville Campus in Cheltenham to a housing developer.

The three-hectare site, which was vacated over the summer, will be partly retained for student accommodation but the rest is earmarked for private use.

Developer Charles Church is expected to submit a planning application for residential housing in partnership with the university.

The closure of the campus was announced in 2009 as a cost-cutting measure.

Media, art and design teaching facilities have been relocated leaving the site - on the corner of New Barn Lane and Albert Road in Cheltenham - empty.

Nigel Wichall, the University's estates director, said they would be "arranging a series of public consultation events over the coming months".

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