Demolition plan is lodged for school

Plans to demolish a village primary school in the Harborough area which was closed due to a lack of pupils have been lodged by Northamptonshire County Council officers.

Braybrooke Primary School had just 22 pupils on its role when a decision was made to close it in January last year and relocate pupils to other nearby schools such as Havelock Infants and Junior Schools in Desborough, Loatlands Primary in Desborough and Clipston Primary School.

Although the school had a good Ofsted rating, inspectors had warned that attendance among pupils – most of who came from the travelling community – was poor.

Its last day as a school was August 31, 2013.

The county council scheme for the site includes demolition of all the existing buildings and the construction of 14 new homes.

The planning documents also includes a green play area.

In the planning documents, the county council states: “This facility remains locked and unavailable to the village and public. “Through public consultation with the village, and in line with Braybrooke’s survey of 2013, this area is not required as a playing field but a children’s equipped play area would be desirable.”

The documents add that the figure of 14 houses is only an indicative figure at the moment as it is not a full planning application.

Kettering Borough Council has set a target decision date of September 15.