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‘Land swap’ deal proposed to allow expansion of Indian Queens School

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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A ‘LAND swap’ deal has been proposed to allow new classrooms to be built on a field next to Indian Queens School.

The 2.8 acre plot is owned by Ocean Housing, but Cornwall Council has offered the company a former school site in Camelford in exchange.

The matter is set to be discussed by members of the council’s cabinet at a meeting at County Hall on Wednesday morning.

Indian Queens School is one of the most over-subscribed in the county, and has been identified by education chiefs as a priority for expansion.

In a report ahead of the council meeting, development manager Ben Colman states: “Due to an increase in projected pupil numbers, Indian Queens School has been identified as requiring a significant expansion of its built campus and sports facilities.

“In order to implement this project further, land will need to be acquired which is contiguous with the school campus. The council has engaged with the landowner, Ocean, and has negotiated a land swap arrangement which involves the disposal of the former Camelford Primary School owned freehold by the council.”

If successful, the deal would likely see new homes built on the 3.8 acre site at Camelford, although an application by the council for an affordable homes development was refused in 2009.

In his report, Mr Colman added: “The commercial terms that have been agreed generate a capital receipt for the council, enable a high priority expansion of Indian Queens School to proceed and bring forward a mixed tenure housing development in Camelford.”

In 2012, Indian Queens School was placed top of a Cornwall-wide priority list for emergency funding.

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