This webpage page will be the main source of information about the build for everyone who is interested. We will update as and when there is any news and photographs.
Clearwater Drive Site
(Our Permanent Site)
Please have a look at the Elevation plan here: Clearwater plan elevation
You can find an artists impression here: Artist impression – front
21st November 2019
The ecology work has now been completed on the site which means that building work will begin early in the new year.
The first task the contractors will undertake is to create a site entrance. This will enable vehicles to access the site and ensure vehicles, as far as possible are off the road.
6th November 2019
The licensed ecologist has confirmed that reptiles have now been translocated off of the site and into the retained nature area.
Starting on the 11th November 2019, the trees contained within the fenced off area will be pulled out carefully under the ecologists supervision. Branches will be used to make two hibernacula consisting of log piles in the retained nature area. These will serve as shelters for reptiles and other creatures over the winter months. The remainder of the trees will be chipped on site and then removed from site.
Following tree removal, the top layer of earth and vegetation will be carefully removed under the ecologists supervision to enable a final check for any remaining reptiles by the ecologist. Any reptiles found will be translocated to the retained area by the ecologist. It is anticipated that these works will be completed by 15th November 2019.
9th October 2019
We have received an update from the ESFA regarding progress on our permanent site. The ecology works are now nearing completion in line with statutory requirements. Final contractual arrangements are currently being made and ground works are likely to begin early in the new year. If we receive any changes to this from the ESFA we will update this page.
8th July 2019
Letter sent to all parents and prospective parents from Rachel Howie with an end of year update regarding the permanent site.
14th May 2019
We have been informed of a slight delay as we are awaiting the relevant pre commencement planning conditions to be discharged before commencing the temporary fencing.
30th April 2019
We have been advised by Kier, our builder, that due to some unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone the start of the fencing works. It will now start on the 8th May 19.
This will not affect the programme timescales for the ecology mitigation works which can be successfully concluded prior to start on site.
23rd April 2019
Kier, our builder, have confirmed that
– the fencing works will begin on the 1st May 2019 for an approximate duration of 3 days
– ecology mitigation works will begin on the 7th May 2019 for a duration of 11 weeks.
The ecologist has helpfully provided the following information:
“A population of slow-worms was recorded during the protected species surveys of the site. Slow-worms are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 from killing or injury which could occur during construction without any mitigation. Therefore, to protect the slow-worms we are translocating them off the construction site using current best practice guidelines (Reptile Mitigation Guidelines, Natural England Technical Information Note 102), an approach approved by Gloucester City Council. This involves installing a reptile-proof fence around the site boundary and placing refugia on the ground. Slow-worms are cold-blooded, so they are attracted to refugia as they retain heat and provide good basking habitat. Every morning a suitably qualified and experienced ecologist will walk around the site collecting slow-worms and placing them in a cloth bag. After all the refugia have been checked, the age and sex of each captured slow-worm will be recorded, and they will be released in to suitable habitat north of the site.
The fence will remain intact for the duration of construction to prevent any slow-worms re-entering the site. The scheme has been designed to include replacement habitat for slow-worms on site including new wild areas within the school grounds and large hibernacula that would allow large numbers of slow-worms, as well as amphibians and small mammals, to reside throughout the year.”
1st April 2019
Following the permission to build from the planning inspector, here is an update on what will happen next.
Phase 1 – this will be the preparation of the site and this will begin in the next 2 or 3 weeks. The site will be fenced off by Heras fencing to enable the ecology mitigation work to be safely completed. A low reptile / ecology barrier will be placed inside the site to ensure that slow worms are translocated safely. Vegetation will be removed and an ecologist will oversee this with regard to any nesting.
Phase 2 – the build itself is due to commence on site in early summer. Once the start date is confirmed Kier (our builder) will communicate with the most local residents to keep them appropriately informed.
25th January 2019
The ESFA have advised that there will be some immediate work starting on the ecology of the site.
The building work is due to begin around June/July time.
11th January 2019
We are delighted to inform you that following the Public Inquiry, planning permission has been granted for Clearwater C of E Primary Academy to be built on the Clearwater Drive site.