Plea to see old school listed

sp88530   Manor school old building Ashgate Rd.
sp88530 Manor school old building Ashgate Rd.
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RESIDENTS are being urged to help prevent an old school from being developed by making it a listed building.

A bid to give the old Manor School, on Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, listed status has been refused by the Secretary of State. Avondale Surgery plans to demolish the current building and build a state-of-the-art community medical facility there.

Chesterfield Borough Council is now contesting the Government decision and asking people to supply historical or architectural information about the site to support the appeal before March 1.

Cllr Ian Openshaw, lead member for sustainability and climate change, said: “This building is really quite attractive, it belongs in Chesterfield, and we want to keep it.

“What we need from people in Chesterfield is, if they’ve got any historical detail or architectural information about the school, to supply it for our appeal.”

Plans for the medical facility, which will retain a nursery at the site, have a treatment unit for people with long-term conditions and be a teaching facility, are to be submitted this week.

Avondale Surgery director and partner Kate Chiltern said hopes of using the current building could not be realised as it was unsuitable and did not meet regulations set by health authorities.

“At the moment we’re are running out of two semi-detached houses in a residential area, the council have put parking permits on the street so people are having to pay fines to visit their GP.

“We’re trying to do what is best for our patients, which total 10,500.”

To submit information call Paul Staniforth on 01246 345781 or email planning@chesterfield.gov.uk.