THE grounds of a former comprehensive school could house 92 homes under new proposals submitted to planners.

The site of the former Queens Hill Comprehensive School in Newport has also been targeted for new recreational facilities for the adjoining St Mary’s Roman Catholic School.

According to documents submitted to Newport City Council planners by the council itself and Residual Lands Ltd, ten of the 92 homes would be affordable.

A 50m by 18m hard surfaced playground for St Mary’s is also in the works – due to be laid at the site of a school meals building that will be demolished – as is a 40m by 18m mini sports pitch for rugby.

Some open space would be provided, with plans including the retention, maintenance and protection of “existing significant trees”.

Developers argued that without a beneficial use, “the land and empty buildings will degrade as they lie empty and fall into disrepair.”

Last year, a survey of residents found most who responded said they’d like to see improved school facilities at the site.

The application would allow for the site to be sold and developed by a different firm, as the council cannot develop it itself.