NEW homes could soon be built on the site of a former Tadley school.

Hampshire County Council, which owns the land, has applied to Basing-stoke and Deane Borough Council for outline planning permission to build 40 new homes on land which was previously the site of Burnham Copse Infant School, in Newchurch Road, Tadley.

Burnham Copse Infant and Junior schools were merged into a one-form primary school, based in the building of the junior school, also in Newchurch Road, in September 2008 and the infant school site has been left unoccupied since.

The county council has proposed a mix of four one-bedroom flats, five two-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom houses, 13 three-bedroom houses and 10 four-bedroom houses.

If the scheme is approved, 16 of the new homes will be affordable housing and the development will be split into two areas named The Crescent and The Street.

The application says: “The purpose of this application is to support Hampshire County Council in disposing of the site to a residential developer by establishing the principle of a residential development.

“The developers will submit a reserved matters application. The content of this planning application will, however, provide the necessary guidance to ensure a high quality development that meets the needs of the local community and integrates positively into the existing residential area.”