Former school building set to be converted into homes

The former youth centre building on New Street in Pocklington.

The former youth centre building on New Street in Pocklington.

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Work is set to get underway on converting an historic building in Pocklington into housing, and constructing new homes on the former playground behind the building.

The plan is to turn the former primary school and youth centre, on New Street, into four new houses.

It is also proposed to build five new homes behind the building, including three mews houses and a pair of semi-detached townhouses.

As part of the project, the rear of the school building will be extended, while the more recent extensions at the back of the building will be demolished. The existing garage/air raid shelter to the southwest of side of the building will also be demolished.

The developer, TeLo Homes, hopes to start work on the site at the end of this month and finish the development by the end of 2016.

The project recently received full planning permission from East Riding Council’s western area planning sub-committee, subject to conditions.

During consultation, Pocklington Town Council said “the density of the development is too great” and that “there is a lack of car parking.”

In addition, several residents objected to the planning application. Their reasons included “excessive development on site” and “limited/insufficient parking.”

The school building, erected in 1854, will not be listed as English Heritage did not recommend it and the Secretary of State agreed with this recommendation.