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Former school is demolished as new cemetery plans announced
THE demolition of a former school to make way for new homes and a cemetery has begun.
Stockton Borough Council workers are destroying the former Blakeston School which has been renamed North Shore Academy and has moved to a new £18m building on Talbot Street.
The authority has identified the land for potential new homes, a new cemetery and open space, although no firm plans have yet been announced.
It will take 12 weeks to bulldoze the building and remove materials.
Coun Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport at Stockton council, said: “We will work with contractors to ensure disruption to the surrounding areas is kept to a minimum and look forward to the redevelopment of the site which we hope will serve a number of purposes for the local community.”
A council spokeswoman said the demolition costs will be funded from the sale of the allocated areas for development. All development on the site will be subject to planning permission including publicity and inviting comments from local residents.
The new 1,050 place school, youth centre and sports field is being built on the site of the former Tilery Sports Centre.
The school has been on special measures since January 2012, but has improved dramatically since then, the number of pupils achieving grades A* to C rising from 22 per cent to 53 per cent.
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