Fresh plan for former school site
By David LennardA DEVELOPER is hoping to build more homes on the site of a former private school.When St George's School in Reydon merged with neighbouring St Felix School last year, the board of governors said the site would be sold off.
By David Lennard
A DEVELOPER is hoping to build more homes on the site of a former private school.
When St George's School in Reydon merged with neighbouring St Felix School last year, the board of governors said the site would be sold off.
Planning permission for the St George's site has already been given to convert the former school building into 16 homes, together with associated car parking.
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Waveney District Council's rural area development control committee will discuss on May 5 a fresh application from Suffolk-based Hopkin Homes to construct 19 homes on the site.
As part of the planning permission already granted, two of the homes being built had to be for key workers at St Felix School or for emergency service personnel and nurses. The latest application allows for three of the 19 homes to be allocated for key workers.
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Under the proposal, the existing school building would be demolished to make way for the new homes, but the extra accommodation will not lead to more land being developed than previously agreed.
A spokesman for Waveney District Council's planning department said: “The footprint remains the same and the increase is achieved by sub-dividing some very large dwellings on the corner plots to provide more reasonably scaled and manageable units.”
Council planning officers have recommended the application should be approved as it would help prevent further development on the site.
“The proposal is designed to a very high standard which will not offend the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast status of the area,” they said.
At the time when the two neighbouring schools merged on to one site, governors said they were “duty bound” to achieve the maximum price for the St George's site to safeguard the future of the school.
Planning permission has been granted to convert the former St George's site into a hotel and leisure complex and that option has been backed by a number of nearby residents because it would help generate employment in the area.
However, with the school governors committed to obtaining the maximum value for the site, it is likely that it will be used for housing.