TAUNTON School has unveiled multi-million pound plans to restructure its campus.

It has submitted a planning application to demolish a number of buildings and structures and for two new buildings for academic teaching and boarding provision.

It hopes to build a footbridge over Greenway Road to connect the main campus with sports facilities on the other side of the road, where there would be a floodlit multi games area.

The submission to Somerset West and Taunton Council outlines aims to relocate the international school from its current home at The Grange, Kingston St Mary, to the main school campus.

The new buildings would be on the existing all-weather hockey pitch on the Greenway Road side of the Staplegrove Road campus.

The hockey pitch would be relocated north of Greenway Road.

A statement with the application says: "These additional enabling projects allow for the consolidation of the school boarding and teaching facilities without a reduction of sports facilities whilst

also providing safe student footpath connections between teaching and sports facilities which are currently physically separated by Greenway Road."

It adds: "The proposals - referred to as ‘Project Ganymede’ - form an integral part of Taunton School’s long term campus wide masterplan, which if successful will secure the school’s standing within the international school sector, marking a milestone in their commitment to re-invest in their campus for the benefit of the entire school community whilst the development will create and secure a number of high quality long term employment opportunities for the benefit of the local community and economy.

"The on site proposals realise the school’s ambition to consolidate the International School onto the School’s main campus at Staplegrove Road, mitigating the need to service remote satellite campuses, reducing vehicular movements and reducing overall energy consumption."

The plans for a centralised education campus are are seen as a way of improving safeguarding in a fully accessible education hub, with sporting facilities reconfigured to allow for the planned centralisation.

The long term future of The Grange is uncertain, although it could be used for co-curriculum purposes and residential courses or it could be sold off.

The statement concludes: "Sub-dividing the school’s accommodation either side of the A358 enables teaching and living to be focused on the main site, with sports facilities accessed via a new raised footbridge to be installed over Greenway Road to provide safe pupil access.

"Following the phased delivery of the sequence of interrelated projects, the school would reconsider the future use of their Greenway Road and Kingston St Mary campuses.

"A possible future use of the Greenway Road site would be to house the school’s facilities management team, and provide temporary decant space resulting in a significant drop in site occupancy."