A NEW primary school will be built on land formerly used a university campus, it has been revealed.

Bolton Parish Church CE School will be relocated from its outdated home in Kestor Street, The Haulgh, to a new multi-million pound site on the University of Bolton’s old Chadwick campus.

Governors have struggled for more than a decade to maintain the school, which had to close suddenly in 2004 when it was feared that subsidence could make the building unsafe.

Headteacher Angela Worthington is delighted with the prospect of moving to the old campus, in Radcliffe Road.

She said: “We are extremely happy with the purchase of this land as it is within the heart of the school’s community. We now look forward to working with the Education Funding Agency within the priority school building programme.”

Last week, the university withdrew plans to build 185 homes on the old campus site, to allow for a new scheme to be designed that will take into account the three acres now earmarked for the primary school.

It is still expected that the Hollins Halls of Residence will be demolished and housing built on the land.

A university spokesman said: “At the request of Bolton Council, the University of Bolton has made three acres of its Chadwick campus land available for a new primary school to be built. Consequently, the university’s planning application for housing development on this land has been withdrawn. A new application for a scheme for housing on the remaining land, including the former Hollins Halls of Residence, will be developed by the university in due course.”

A council spokesman said: “The council has acquired land at Chadwick Street from the university to be used for a new school building for Bolton Parish School. The new building will be procured directly by the Education Funding Agency and delivered by their contractors.”