National consultants Pegasus Group have secured permission on appeal for the demolition of a former school house, replacing it with two new properties.
Acting on behalf of Cairns Heritage Homes, Pegasus won the appeal for the demolition at Midway House, Main Road, Upper Broughton.
The site consists of the former school master’s house and the former school building with a flat roof extension to the rear and outbuildings. The last previous use of the buildings was industrial, but the buildings have not been used for some time and are not in a good state of repair.
Rushcliffe Borough Council had initially refused planning permission for the works on the following grounds:
- The unjustified demolition of the former school and school masters house which are non-designated heritage assets
- Inappropriate development in the countryside
- The scale and design of the proposed dwellings would be visually discordant in a rural location.
Pegasus Group was instructed to appeal against the refusal of permission, and the inspector concluded that there was sufficient justification for the demolition of the buildings and that the proposals would improve the character of the area.
The Inspector reported: “The proposed development would be contrary to some policies development plan in that it would increase the number of dwellings on the appeal site from one to two and would allow development in the countryside. Balanced against this is the contribution to the supply of housing, the overall reduction in size taking the two existing buildings into consideration, the re-use of a brownfield site and an overall improvement to the character and appearance the area particularly with the improved siting reducing visual impact.”
Steve Lewis-Roberts, a Senior Planner at Pegasus Group’s East Midlands office, said: “I am delighted that the Inspector has agreed with the planning benefits put forward at the appeal, and granted permission for this high-quality scheme.”
Pegasus Group has more than 290 skilled and experienced staff operating from 12 offices across the UK. The company’s services span the entire project process from site finding, acquisition and planning through to design and delivery, specialising in planning, design, environment, economics and transport.