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Long-empty Heanor Grammar School set for transformation

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A former grammar school which has stood empty for four years in the heart of a Derbyshire town could be turned into apartments – with more homes built in its grounds.
The proposals, which have been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council, involve the old Heanor Grammar School, in Mundy Street, Heanor.
The plans would see the school’s main building, which is Grade 2-listed, converted into 24 apartments, while creating a further nine apartments in a former science block, which faces Church Street.
Some of the more modern buildings on the site, which are not listed, would be demolished.
A separate application has been submitted by the same developer to build 19 properties in the school’s grounds. It means that, in total, 52 homes would be created on the site.
Heanor Grammar School, which was built in 1912, ceased to be a school in 1976 when it became an annex of the then South East Derbyshire College, before being taken over by Derby College in 2010.
It had been due to become a studio college but insufficient numbers led Derby College to pull the plug on the plan and the building closed in 2013.
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At the start of 2015, it was announced that the building was to be put up for sale and it was sold to a developer last year.
An organisation called Heanor Grammar School Action Group has been campaigning for the building, which was designed by architect George Widdows, to be saved.

The site has stood empty for the last four years
In planning documents submitted to the borough council by Franklin Ellis Architects, on behalf applicant Vale Property, it said: “The applicant has had several meetings with the local authority, local residents and interested support groups.
“Key members from Heanor Grammar School Action Group were invited to Nottingham to view the applicant’s past developments and the process of redevelopment of a larger area was explained.
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“Proposals for this site in Heanor were presented and received positive feedback in regards to the applicant providing a viable solution in order to redevelop the local landmark.
“The applicant has also had discussions with both local planning authorities and councillors for the proposals and this received positive feedback.”

The main school building was designed by architect George Widdows
The application said that the main school building would be “sensitively restored” using matching materials. Internally, the building will be sub-divided into self-contained apartments.
Meanwhile, in the grounds of the school, 19 semi-detached and terraced properties would be constructed.

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The application said: “The applicant has an established reputation for delivering high quality residential developments throughout the East Midlands with special attention to the successful and sensitive conversion of listed buildings.
“The proposed development will provide self-contained, high quality residential apartments. A range of accommodation types is possible to suit local demand.
“The development of the site will retain and secure the conservation and maintenance of the existing Grade 2-listed building. It will also result in a positive contribution to the local economy.”
Source: Derby Telegraph