Bid to demolish school to make way for homes

Braybrooke Primary School pictured in September 2012 when it was still running as a school. (Picture by Kit Mallin). ENGNNL00120131203161750
Braybrooke Primary School pictured in September 2012 when it was still running as a school. (Picture by Kit Mallin). ENGNNL00120131203161750

Proposals have been lodged to demolish a former primary school to clear space for 14 new luxury homes.

The plan to tear down Braybrooke Primary School brings the final curtain nearer for an institution which just ten years ago was full to capacity and achieving good results.

This new bid, if approved by Kettering Borough Council planners, will bring the school’s rapid demise to an irreversible conclusion.

Education bosses from Northamptonshire County Council decided to close the school due to dwindling pupil numbers in August 2013.

The last intake at the school was just 22 pupils – the majority from the Travellers’ community.

Now, Northampton-based developers HID Estates Ltd have submitted plans to demolish the building and build 14 three and four-bedroom homes on the site in Church Road.

“The site will be home to an exclusive development of luxury family homes,” says the HIG website.

People have until August 12 to make comments on the plan, with a decision due by September 18.

Former pupil Oliver Jelley, of Little Bowden, said: “It will be sad to see what was once a thriving primary school being turned into houses.

“I had many good times as a pupil there and if things had worked out differently, I would have loved to have sent my children there.”