A former 19th century boy’s school in Rotherham is set to be converted and subdivided into 16 apartments. According to the Rotherham Advertiser, the St Ann’s Centre in Eastwood was sold for £91,000 by Rotherham Council.
The planning application was put forward by Zayan Developments who have applied for a change of use for the site. The site is currently allocated for community use but has been vacant and unused for 15 years. The planning committee agreed that a development that keeps the original building was preferable to a demolition with new houses.
Situated on the corner of St Ann’s Road and St Leonard’s Road in the Eastwood ward of Rotherham, the former school is close to a host of amenities including Clifton Park, Parkgate Shopping Park, and the Rotherham Leisure Complex. It’s also within a short walking distance of Rotherham town centre and local transport links, which could make this a great place for a young professional to live.
Some of the minor internal structural changes that have been proposed include a mezzanine floor, staircase and velux roof windows to bring more natural light into the building. However the original roof, facades and 45 ft bell tower above the main entrance should remain in their original condition. Plans state that no extensions are proposed and only very minor external alterations are required to this historic stone building.
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