Scheme to turn former school into homes

The former youth centre building on New Street in Pocklington.
The former youth centre building on New Street in Pocklington.

An historic building in Pocklington could be converted into housing, and new homes could also be constructed on the former playground behind the building.

A planning application has been submitted to East Riding Council to turn the former primary school and youth centre, on New Street, into four new houses following the demolition of rear extensions and erection of new extensions as well as minor alterations.

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

The building, erected in 1854, is not presently listed but is being considered for listed building status, and is within the Pocklington Conservation Area. In recent years the building has been used as a youth centre, and is owned by East Riding Council, although a contract of sale has been agreed with the applicant Telo Homes Limited.

The design and access statement, submitted with the application, says: “The conversion scheme for the school seeks to retain and restore the frontage, the only alterations proposed being to take down two chimney stack (which appear to be later re-builds of any original stacks). Existing door openings will be re-opened, and the front hedge maintained achieving a polite frontage to New Street.

“The development proposals seek to safeguard the future of the school building through a new use achieved following sensitive conversion. This will be facilitated in part through the new build provision which themselves will provide a good mix of housing from starter homes (mews) to family homes (townhouses). The design detail of the three buildings should complement each other creating a development with a strong identity and reflecting the heritage of the school building.”
The former school will be fully re-roofed as part of the works, inserting first floor accommodation throughout the building. In addition, the public route connecting New Street with Market Place will remain accessible following redevelopment of the site.

The design and access statement says that “pre-application consultation has suggested that one parking space per home will be acceptable given the site’s town centre location.”

Pocklington Town Council has objected to the plans at a recent planning meeting. As the youth centre building is being considered for listed building status, the planning committee believed this should be resolved prior to a decision being made on the planning application.

The committee felt the plans for additional houses on what was the playground are excessive.

They also believed the height of the proposed houses backing onto Winterton Close should be reduced to minimise overshadowing the former youth centre building. In addition, the committee felt the proposed new houses lacked visitor car parking.