Flats plans for old Goldenhill Primary School site
PLANS have been unveiled by developers to build six flats and a community room on the site of a former school.
Families are backing proposals put forward by Fielding and Beaumont to build on the former Goldenhill Primary School in the grounds of St John's Church, in High Street, Goldenhill.
The plans include creating a room for community service workers to use who help tidy up the nearby churchyard.
Facilities would include toilets, heating, storage and kitchen equipment.
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The plans have been discussed with members of Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents Association (SAGE), who have backed the redevelopment.
Chairman Joe Smith said: "Redevelopment of the old school site has been a topic of conversation for a long time, especially as it is an eyesore.
"There have been a few options but we feel that this is the best one.
"We want to encourage the community payback workers to continue their good work in the area and the new flats will deter any further vandalism to the site."
In June last year the derelict school was targeted by arsonists, leading to families calling for the site to be brought back into use.
Vandals broke into the former school building before setting it alight.
Planning permission for the flats was granted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2008.
But it will need renewing as it comes up to the expiry date for the application in April.
The new build will include six flats as well as a stand alone building to house community service workers.
The company has agreed to build the community room as an added extra to provide for the local area.
Mr Smith said: "We are encouraged by the plans. SAGE are giving their full support to this proposal as we want to bring back a vital service to the Goldenhill area."
Tom Simpson, aged 55, of Ridge Road, Goldenhill also supports the project.
He said: "This is something the residents' association has really pushed for because we want the development to provide for the wider community.
"It is very pleasing to see that all our hard work has paid off and the work will be done."
Fielding and Beaumont is a property development company based in Solihull. It is currently seeking funding.
Director Paul Squire said: "We have promised to build a small structure on the site so that they can make use of it while tending the church yard. We're looking to go ahead with the Goldenhill site this year."