Latest former college plans revealed

FIVE buildings in Weston which date back nearly 200 years could soon be transformed back to their former glory.

FIVE buildings in Weston which date back nearly 200 years could soon be transformed back to their former glory.

Developer Broadway Heritage wants to change the former Westcliff School and Weston College site in Lower Kewstoke Road, into one, two and three bedroomed luxury apartments, as part of a £6million redevelopment plan.

A planning application to transform the former music technology, art, media and design departments, is currently being prepared and the company behind the plans hopes to be able to start work in Spring.

This week a public consultation was held to fill everyone in on the plans for the site, which include putting back some of the original features.

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Looking at the villas, from left to right, they are called Birnbeck House, Radford, Westcliff, Dunraven and High Cleve. Proposed alterations include:

* Putting back the railings on top of the boundary walls.

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* Reinstating the routes from Upper Kewstoke Road to each property.

* Putting in soft landscaped areas at the front.

* Reducing the car park level.

* Creating a courtyard behind the main villas for residents' communal use.

* Painting each villa a different pastel shade.

* Removing the single-storey building at the rear of the Dunraven property.

* Taking out the link bridge from between the Dunraven and Westcliff buildings.

* Removing the single-storey link from between the Westcliff and Radford.

* Opening up the space between the Radford building and Birnbeck House.

* Removing the toilet block from the rear corner of Birnbeck House.

The buildings, which were built in the mid-19th century, were sold to a development company last year but the college retained its use as part of the lease.

They were sold to the new owners this year and became surplus to Weston College's requirements when it opened its new multi-million pound University Campus off Loxton Road in September.

Broadway Heritage was formed in 2005 and specialises in converting historical buildings into new homes.

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