10:31AM, Wednesday 11 April 2012
A call for action against plans to move Furze Platt Senior School and replace it with nearly 400 homes has been made by residents living near the site.
A meeting was held last night at the War Memorial Hall in Furze Platt Road and attracted more than 200 people.
It was organised by a small group of homeowners from the Cranbrook Drive estate, which neighbours the school.
They felt a residents' association was needed to help resist Summerleaze's plans which could see a new 'community campus' including the school being built at Spencers Farm in North Town.
A handful of volunteers have put their names forward to form a committee and they will meet again on a date yet to be confirmed to decide upon their roles and a plan of action.
Copies of a petition against the plans were also distributed to volunteers who will door-knock to collect signatures.
There are about 700 houses on the Cranbrook estate which is roughly three times the size of the senior school site - on which 380 houses are proposed to be built.
The site is leased from the Royal Borough by the Furze Platt Academy Trust but could potentially be released for development.
Anyone interested in joining the residents group should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07749 756435.
See tomorrow's Advertiser for a full report.
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