PC welcomes new plans for Listed First School building

The Parish Council has welcomed the latest revised redevelopment scheme for this important but increasingly dilapidated listed building.  The scheme now features residential conversion for the main house to a single dwelling, as well as similar conversion of the ancillary hall structure.  Details of the new scheme are available on the HDC Planning portal under reference DC/20/0373.  The PC has supported this scheme with assurances from the applicant regarding some further minor amendments, including:

•    Simplifying car parking for the main house (no car port structure intruding on Bramble Lane);
•    Retention of the existing pond within the site, as recommended by ecological survey;
•    Sympathetic restoration of the front wall to The Street, particularly the sections that currently have inappropriate concreting.

We hope that HDC planners will also take a positive view of these proposals, so that work at this key site in the historic Conservation Area of The Street can go ahead as soon as possible.