Apartments bid for old school

Apartments bid for old school

By Gareth Dennison | 03/02/2021

Apartments bid for old school


A NINETEENTH century school building is set for conversion to 16 apartments, under new plans.

The vacant St Ann’s Centre, Eastwood, was sold for £91,000 by Rotherham Council.

Zayan Developments have applied for a change of use for the site, on the corner of St Ann’s Road and St Leonard’s Road at Eastwood.

An enquiry had been made last spring about demolishing the former boys’ school but RMBC said consent would be   unlikely and that a conversion would be preferred.

Planning papers with the Zayan application say: “We have put together a scheme which retains the roof and facades and looks to subdivide into 16 apartments.

“There will be a mezzanine floor inserted and staircase and there will be velux roof windows.

“All doors and windows are to be renewed.”

A heritage statement by James Roberts, of JR Planning Consultants, said: “As a result of its vacant state, the condition of the building has begun to deteriorate.

“This scheme would be highly beneficial for the Eastwood area as it would return vacant building to beneficial use and it would also provide much-needed new housing.

“The proposed residential use would also help to support other community facilities and businesses in the locality.”

The St Ann’s Road Board School opened a boys’ section in 1893. The stone building features a 45ft belltower over the entrance.

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