THIS time five years ago, work finally started to build new homes on the former site of a Hereford high school.

The old Whitecross High School off Baggallay Street was demolished after pupils moved to a new site off Three Elms Road in 2006.

The new school, which was designed to provide places for 900 students aged from 11 to 16, signalled the signal the end of an era for the school, which had seen thousands of Herefordians pass through the doors of its Bagallay Street building over the years.

Planning approval was previously given for 65 homes at the site, but developer Miller Homes, pulled out in 2014.

In April of 2016 Herefordshire Council approved plans for 69 homes put forward by Redrow Homes.

And in August, work started at the site to build the homes, 22 of which would be affordable, and which would be a mix of 1 and 2 bed apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bed dwellings.

Concerns were previously raised about access to the estate in Baggallay Street, but Herefordshire Council's planning committee was told there was capacity for the extra traffic.

Planning officer Kelly Gibbons said during the planning meeting that all other possible access routes had been considered over the previous ten years but were not suitable due to covenants and private land ownership.

The planning committee also heard from development manager Kevin Bishop that delays in developing the site were due to flooding issues which had been resolved.

A new pedestrian and cycle way route was planned to link up with the existing bridge over the Yazor Brook. Access to nearby playing fields would also be provided.

"Great care has been taken to design a form of layout which will fit sympathetically and harmoniously into its surroundings," said Redrow in a planning document submitted with the application.

"Careful consideration has been given to ensure the design of the new buildings fit in with the local vernacular. The choice of materials again highlights the commitment to providing a high quality development."