AN academy trust of a school which is set to open in Oldham is delighted after the council formally handed over the land where the building will stand.

The 1,200-pupil Brian Clarke Church of England Academy will be constructed on the site of a former Sainsbury’s supermarket off Booth Street, which has now been demolished.

After the school was given planning permission last month, approval was needed from the council's cabinet to formally enact the land agreement.

The council says the enactment allows the council to legally acquire the site and transfer the land to the Department for Education so construction works for the school can begin in the next few months.

The Cranmer Education Trust, which will run the school, says "work on constructing our innovative new home will start imminently".

The school added: "It is our ambition that the building will include an original and unique stained-glass window, designed and produced by our patron Brian Clarke. This will celebrate our vision and values, shining light into our pupils’ learning and out into the community.