Apartments plan for former school

The former Jesmond Road School
The former Jesmond Road School

DEVELOPERS are hoping to convert a former primary school into dozens of one and two-bedroom flats.

Hartlepool Borough Council sold the former Jesmond Road Primary School building, in the town’s Percy Street, to York-based developers Moor Galloway for £400,000.

Moor Galloway wants to convert the Grade II listed building into 38 flats in a project which could cost up to £3m.

The outside of the building will be kept intact with all the work being done internally to transform the former classrooms into flats.

Plans have been submitted to the council’s planning department, and developers are hoping for a decision within the next couple of months.

Jesmond Road Primary School, which opened in 1902, closed its doors last summer with staff and pupils moving to a new £7m site in nearby Jesmond Gardens.

The new school was renamed Jesmond Gardens Primary School.

Andrew Whalley, a director at Moor Galloway, told the Mail: “We have been working closely with the planning officers for a number of months and we are excited by the plans.

“I think it is a fantastic building and knocking it down was the last thing we wanted to do.”

If plans are approved, the flats will be available for both sale and rent.

Mr Whalley said the plans include proposals to landscape and create car parking spaces on the playground.

Directors at the firm say they specialise in converting buildings into flats and apartments.

The company has converted a former school in Stockton and a former police station in Redcar in the past.

In a bid to ensure the building is secure, Moor Galloway is working with York-based firm Ad Hoc Property Management.

There are currently four tenants, called “guardians”, living in the school for a reduced rent as the building’s owners pay for all utility bills, rates and essential repairs.

The aim is to deter thieves and vandals and to cut down on security costs.

Guardians sign a rolling monthly contract and have a two-week written notice period.

In the past, Ad Hoc have placed guardians in Foggy Furze Library before it was demolished plus other council-owned properties including the former family resource centre in Somersby Close.