The Scarborough News

Westwood go! Approval of old school to flats

Conversion of theatre-in-round and campus

- By Caal Gavaghan Local Democracy Reporting Service newsdesk@jpimedia.co.uk

Plans to transform a former Scarboroug­h school, described as an “architectu­ral gem”, into 50 flats have been approved.

In January YPG Developmen­ts Ltd applied to Scarboroug­h Council to convert the former Westwood building in the town into 28 residentia­l apartments.

The school was once part of Yorkshire Coast College before closing in 2017. It had been home to Scarboroug­h High School for Boys.

A further three-storey block of 22 residentia­l; flats would be created on the site of a former ceramics workshop near the school, along with 50 parking spaces.

The plans went before the council’s planning and developmen­t committee today and were unanimousl­y approved.

Cllr David Jeffels welcomed the developmen­t in the town centre and said the plans would protect the character of the listed building.

He said: “We have here an architectu­ral gem, one of Scarboroug­h’s iconic buildings.

“It ticks so many boxes by bringing a wonderful old building back into economic use and providing some first class accommodat­ion right in the town centre.”

Cllr Jeffels added: “I think it is going to be of considerab­le benefit to the town as a whole, economical­ly, socially and environmen­tally as well and I warmly welcome it.”

In its submission to the council YPG Developmen­ts Ltd said it would look to retain the character of the listed building.

It stated: “The conversion will be sensitive to the historic and protected nature of the listed building with minimal external alteration­s which will ensure the appearance and character of the site will not be altered significan­tly.

“Internally the large spaces within the former school building will be sensitivel­y divided to provide modern living spaces whilst retaining historic features and the original layout including the hallways and classrooms.”

Vehicles will still enter and exit the site through the existing entrance onto Valley Bridge Road.

Originally, the plans were for 32 units in the Westwood campus building and 18 in the new build; this was changed during the process. The new three-storey building has also been moved to take it further away from the nearby North Yorkshire County Council Pupil Referral Unit.

As part of the developmen­t the historic Theatre in the Round, which housed the world premiere of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black before it transferre­d to become one the most famous plays in West End history, will now become a “co-working space” and will include both an openplan office area, private meeting rooms, and toilet facilities.

This change was made following objections from Historic England and the Theatres Trust to the original proposal.

A dozen objections were lodged by members of the public, some of whom wanted the building to be kept for artistic use.

 ??  ?? The fondly-remembered school finally closed in 2017.
More photos of the historic building on our website.
The fondly-remembered school finally closed in 2017. More photos of the historic building on our website.

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