Ex-school in Hadfield faces revamp

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A former boarding school in Hadfield could soon be converted into apartments.

The property on Railway Street, formerly Kingsmoor School, currently contains offices and Kingsmoor Leisure, a complex with two restaurants and snooker and bowling facilities.

Steven Walsh, of SAW Construction Services, also based in the building, has applied to High Peak Borough Council for planning permission to redevelop the site into five three-bed cottages and two two-bed flats.

The two two-bed socially rented apartments which already exist at the address would remain.

The proposal states that the commercial kitchens of Indian restaurant Aman and Cantonese restaurant Red Dragon would be replaced by office space by the applicant’s business.

The four-lane ten-pin bowling alley would be replaced with a garden amenity.

Planning agent Redfern Architectural Services revealed in the design and access statement submitted with plans: “Despite determined and continued efforts to make the existing facilities commercially viable, unfortunately all efforts to date have failed.

“With due consideration to the efforts made to date the decision has been reluctantly made by the building owners to consider a redevelopment of the whole site to residential use.”

The document continued that the plans included retaining the existing windows, which would help return the ex-stone schoolhouse to its “former glory”.

If approved, the new build houses would face Salisbury Street, and would reflect the appearance of the adjacent stone cottages, complete with “art stone corbels”.

There would be 20 parking places available, as well as a cycle storage shed.

A decision on the application will be made by the authority’s Development Control Committee on October 28.