Wrexham Council are formally asking third parties to come up with proposals for the listed former Groves school building.
In September the site was deemed “surplus to requirements” for primary school usage by Wrexham Council, and now with it effectively being offered around various departments with no takers, the council are looking to third parties to come with proposals over future use.
The Groves building famously was subject to a listing hokey-cokey, with it being listed / challenged / relisted after court action and a final decision by a Welsh Government Minister – who is now First Minister.
Coleg Cambria was interested in the site before shifting plans to their huge redevelopment of the nearby Wrexham campus, and with various rumours over to the circumstances we delved into a dossier of communications to discover what went on – story here.
Today Wrexham Council are starting to publicly advertise to invite expression of interest for the site, and buildings.
Steve Bayley, Head of Housing and Economy at Wrexham Council told us: “We as an authority have to examine options for the future of the former Groves school building, and this exercise in inviting expressions of interest will allow us to test the market and see if any proposed uses might be put forward, in line with the building’s listed status.”
Although we have not bought a copy, we believe the following is a paid advert in the Daily Post today publicising the invitation of ideas. We are told the advert will be appearing in other publications (not Wrexham.com!) such as Estates Gazette and similar.
— Jason Bellis-Jones (@bellisjones) March 13, 2019
A 150 year lease will likely be granted to Wrexham Football Club on the part of the site without a building, with the 9 Acre field being used for a new school. We understand a planning application is anticipated later this year for both of those developments.
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