Old school planning saga rumbles on

Bricklayers, Tim Morris and Stuart Morris work on construction
Bricklayers, Tim Morris and Stuart Morris work on construction

The Abbotsford School saga continues as planners put in a fresh application and launch an appeal in hope of having all rejections overturned.

Developers have spent months working on acceptable plans to transform the currently unused school in Bridge Street into a house and build eight flats in the school grounds.

The contentious application, which was rejected by planners once again last month, is now back on the agenda for consideration.

The latest bid includes minor changes including to reduce the height of the proposed buildings, improve landscaping and add in an extra parking space.

It is believed by many to be the town’s only Grade II* listed building, and Kenilworth Town Council’s planning committee fears that this development could affect the site and its heritage. Town planners have already recommended the latest bid be rejected on grounds that the changes have not gone far enough.

Members have written to Warwick District Council stating that concerns over historical merit, parking and close proximity to the High Street junction were not addressed.

They stated: “There did not seem to be enough material difference to the previous application, nor were we able to identify changes that addressed several matters we have objected on previously.”

Developers claiming the changes will bring the empty building back into use for the community have also lodged an appeal against a previous application rejected this year.

It will be decided in the coming months.