Former school site in line to be redeveloped for homes

Diggers at work clearing the old Thomas Percy school site in Alnwick.
Diggers at work clearing the old Thomas Percy school site in Alnwick.

Proposals to redevelop a former school site in Alnwick by building 15 new homes have been submitted, six years after first being mooted.

Lindisfarne Homes has applied for full planning permission for family houses on the former Thomas Percy RC School site, off Blakelaw Road.

The site would feature six three-bedroom and nine four-bedroom private homes with access provided by a new road in the same location.

Parking will be provided in line with Northumberland County Council standards at two spaces per property and one visitor space per five households.

There will be a total of three visitor parking spaces within the development.

A planning statement submitted with the application concludes that ‘the proposed development would assist the county council with providing sustainable, high -uality accommodation to meet their needs in the area’.

The concept of building new homes on that site dates back to early 2009, ahead of the relocation of both St John’s and Thomas Percy RC Schools.

The schools became St Paul’s First and Middle Schools and opened on the former St Oswald’s site on South Road in September 2010.

In January 2009, the then Alnwick District Council’s planning department received applications from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, together with the Northumberland Estates, to pull down the two schools and replace them with housing.

The capital gained from selling the school sites was then to be used to fund the refurbishment and modernisation of the disused convent school, which most recently had been a private school and closed in September 2005 after pupil numbers dipped.

Both applications were subsequently approved, with this new scheme replacing a lapsed plan for 15 homes on the Thomas Percy site, while an application for 29 new homes on the St John’s site, off Lisburn Street, was renewed last year.

The aim at the time was to tie in the St John’s site scheme with the proposals for the neighbouring Willoughby’s Bank site, which, after going through a number of modifications and refusals, gained approval for 76 homes.