Plans for 42 new homes on site of former Thrunscoe School in Cleethorpes

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Apr 2019

A former school building in Cleethorpes is set to be demolished and replaced with more than 40 new homes.

Plans have been tabled to build 42 semi-detached homes on the site of the former Thrunscoe Junior School.

Developer Ross Davy Associates has submitted a planning application to North East Lincolnshire Council for the homes on Highgate, which it hopes will encourage first time buyers and families.

The development would see the creation of three-bedroom houses of the "style and mass" of existing properties in the surrounding area. But there is no provision in place for affordable housing as part of the proposals, as it is not included in the local plan area.

The expansive school building, highlighted on Grimsby Live's Stop The Rot watchlist , was built in 1932 by Lindsey County Council.

It closed as a school in 1996 and was used most recently as an education centre until it became surplus to the requirements of North East Lincolnshire Council and closed in 2017.

The Thrunscoe Centre, pictured in 2012 (Image: Michelle Adamson)

Empty since then, the 2.36 acre Highgate plot was put on the market in 2017 with Scotts Property.

Earlier this year, Grimsby Live reported that the former Thrunscoe Junior School had been bought by housing developer, Land Developers (Lincs) Limited, who wanted to build homes on the site.

The proposed development, which is a five minute walk from St Peter's Avenue, will have two access points, on Highgate and Parker Street, with the developer saying that the existing footpath in place will provide safe routes to local amenities and schools.

A design and access statement submitted with the planning application says: "The proposed dwellings will be marketed for a range of buyers, including families and first time buyers.

"The dwellings have been designed following research of the surrounding area and Highgate. The appearance reflects the dwellings along Highgate by taking key features, such as bays, feature gable and hips over first floor windows and brick detail door surrounds.

"The properties fronting Highgate would be hipped to reflect the existing properties, however the properties to the entrance of the site would be gabled to reflect the existing former boys and girls' buildings."

If the plans are approved, the former school building will be demolished, with Ross Davy Associates saying this will improve the street scene in the area.

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