Former Lindsey Lower School site is put on market for up to £1 million
INVESTORS have been given the opportunity to snap up Lindsey Lower School.
The Clee Road property, sitting in 3.5 acres – which was closed to pupils in September 2007 – goes on the market today, with a guide price of between £750,000 and £1 million.
Commercial property agents Scotts have been instructed to handle the sale by North East Lincolnshire Council and its partner Balfour Beatty – which will retain the playing fields at the rear as part of future sport provision for other local schools.
As reported, the future of the former school site has been subject to a great deal of speculation – particularly after a bid by the Grimsby Institute to open it as a University Technical College was rejected by the Department of Education in October last year.
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Lawrence Brown, a partner at Scotts, said that it was now hoped that any developers interested in buying the site would aim to retain the existing structure and that NELC had put forward a number of suggestions as to its potential use.
However, he added that if a developer suggested a suitable scheme which involved the demolition of the two and three storey red-brick structure, then this could not be ruled out as an option.
He said: "Potentially the building could be used for a hotel, a nursing home, training centre or offices – or it could be suitable for conversion into residential flats.
"I know the council would prefer it if the existing structure remained but, if a suitable alternative was put forward, it would be considered, though of course it would be subject to planning permission."
He added that if demolition of the structure were to be considered, it could only be replaced with a similar two and three storey building and would not be converted into a "Scartho Top-style" development.
Mr Brown said: "The property is in a high profile position adjacent to the A46 on one of the main routes into Cleethorpes and is only a short walk away from the town centre.
"It is not often that property in such a good location becomes available on a freehold basis with such a clear guide as to potential future uses."
Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of the council and portfolio holder for asset management, said: "The improved market conditions in the commercial property market have meant that we are now in a position to instruct Scots agents to market this site.
"We have to make difficult decisions with regards to the sale of surplus assets given the tough economic conditions we are operating in.
"This building has served as a fantastic community asset over many years and the council is happy to be retaining the fields behind the building as they will provide fantastic space for schools and communities to use for sport and other outdoor activities."
Chairman of the Cleethorpes Town Team Barry Waby said the group had not previously discussed what they believed the building should be used for in any great detail.
However, he said: "We do believe the building should be used for something. It's a lovely building and it is such a shame for it to go to waste."
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Any interested parties are asked to call Lawrence Brown or Ed Chisholm at Scotts Property LLP, on 01472 267000.