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Walsall school site to be sold for housing

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Around 60 homes will be built on the site of a former school in Walsall, with council bosses saying there is a desperate need for social housing.

Land which once housed Daw End Special School in Rushall will be sold off by Walsall Council, paving the way for dozens of homes to be built.

And thousands of pounds generated from the sale of the site will also be ploughed into expanding Rushall Primary School and creating extra spaces for pupils.

Council bosses have stated that a deal 'in principle' has been struck to offload the site which will now be developed into around 60 affordable homes.

Council leader Mike Bird said: "This has been going on for a long time.

"We had to serve a notice to the Secretary of State explaining this is what we wanted to do with it.

"The General Election last year held it up, but from there we have pushed it further and now we have got it through.

"What we have had to do is employ a company to patrol the site to prevent vandals going on there.

"At the end of the day, if we get rid of a building without it being stripped by metal thieves then it is good news and that is what we have done in this case."

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The council was unable to confirm how much the sale was worth, declaring the figure was confidential.

The authority is set to reap further financial reward by no longer having to pay business rates on the old school site.

It has taken three years to push the sale through after the council earmarked the proceeds to Rushall Primary in December 2013.

Upon its closure just over four years ago, Daw End was re-established as Elmwood School within the old Manor Farm Comprehensive School site.

Councillor Bird added: "The plan discussed at the moment is that it will create around 60 homes on the site and Walsall badly needs housing.

"The proceeds of the sale will go towards remodelling Rushall Primary School. At one stage we were going to completely rebuild the school but there is no need to do that so we are extending it instead."

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