Plan for homes on Lawrence school

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THE DH Lawrence School in Newthorpe is set to be turned into housing, it has been revealed.

A planning application has not yet been submitted, but Nottinghamshire County Council said the new owner of the old Greasley Beauvale School was ‘more than likely’ going to turn the school into residential properties.

Historic buildings leader at the council Jason Morden said the homes would probably be maisonette-type properties with shared access off the main road.

“It’s very early stages and we’re not 100 per cent sure on plans yet but it looks like residential,” he said.

“It’s not going to be flats, but something like maisonettes or houses with shared access. It can’t be knocked to pieces so they won’t all be able to have front doors.

“The developer will have to work with what he’s got.”

It has also been revealed the new owner wants to look into keeping some of the DH Lawrence heritage on the site, and a meeting was held on Wednesday of this week where different options and ideas were discussed.

One proposal was to keep part of the site for a Victorian School museum, so people could see what it would have been like in the days when Lawrence studied there.

Nottinghamshire County Council invited members of the DH Lawrence Society and staff at Durban House in Eastwood along to the meeting.

Mr Morden said: “We have got a few ideas so if there’s something we can put to the developer that will not cause too much consternation and we can put through the planning process we will do.

“We wanted to see if there’s anything that Durban House wants to do that wouldn’t clash with what they are already doing.

“If we could exploit the building in educational terms I think it could work well.”

Mr Morden said if the application had ‘heritage value’ it would be more likely to pass through the planning committee.

“We just need enthusiasm at this stage. We can flesh out ideas further down the line,” he added.

DH Lawrence Society member Dave Brock said it was ‘great news’ that the new owner of the site wanted to keep the Lawrence heritage alive and said he did not mind the building be turned into housing as long as it was done ‘sympathetically’.