Derelict school hit by fire could be transformed into 109 bed care home

A former primary school that was hit by a fire could become a 109 bedroom care home.

Greenland Community Infant School, in South Moor, near Stanley, has stood unoccupied for a number of years and was sold by Durham County Council in 2016.

The site was hit by fire in in June which sent plumes of smoke into the air.

Now, the eyesore could be brought back to life with plans submitted to Durham County Council by We Care 4 Ltd

They would become a mixture of care home rooms and a range of facilities such as a cafe, game room, spa, guest rooms and conference room.

A planning statement to Durham County Council said: “A highly experienced manager will be appointed and that person will be supported by suitably trained staff in the appropriate numbers.

“Staff will be employed from the local community. Trainees will be taken on to give those with no formal qualifications the opportunity to achieve qualifications paid for bu the employer.”

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The proposals are the latest for the site after plans to build a hostel were withdrawn in August last year.

Bashar Al-Issa wanted to open a 109-bed hostel for vulnerable adults at the school.

But residents and councillors were outraged and lodged objections.

Mr Al-Issa agreed to withdraw the plans after mass opposition.

Residents said they were keen to see the site turned into housing at a public meeting.

Meanwhile, an investigation into the fire that hit the school is still ongoing and being treated as arson.

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Firefighters spent eight hours tackling the blaze on the building which has been empty for a number of years.

Since the fire, work began to demolish the building which was significantly destroyed and other parts left unsafe.

 

Author: Hot reporter