Changes on the timetable at former school

An artist's impression of the planned homes at the former Walsden Infant School, Birks Lane, Walsden. Image by Saul Caldwell
An artist's impression of the planned homes at the former Walsden Infant School, Birks Lane, Walsden. Image by Saul Caldwell

Changes are on the timetable at a former school as plans have been submitted to convert the listed building into a housing development.

John and Lisa Pendlebury and Geoffrey and Joanne Stokes have applied for planning permission to transform the former Walsden Infant School, on Birks Lane, Walsden, into five homes.

John, of Todmorden-based Prinz Construction, which specialises in projects involving Grade II listed buildings, said if permission is granted, the homes could be on the market by Christmas.

“The school is a great building,” he said.

“It’s going to be five houses, with three or four bedrooms, catering for the older end of the market.

“They will be created within the existing structure.

“It’s not overcrowded.

“I think it’s a nice little development.”

Initial structural repairs to the Grade II listed building, which has been vacant for several years, have already been completed.

“The reason for the school closing was because it needed structural work doing,” John said.

“We have had to do some semi-emergency building work. That is completed now.”

The Victorian school building dates back to 1875 and is built of pitched face stone beneath a fish scale slate roof.

As far as possible, local craftspeople and materials will be used for the development in order to minimise the carbon footprint of the works.

A total of ten parking spaces for residents will be created at the site.

In her heritage statement, agent Alison Roland said the proposals would secure the long term viability of the building.

“The alterations and extensions proposed comprise a range of measures to repair the building, reinstate damaged elements of historic fabric and remove unsympathetic additions and alterations,” she said.

“In their totality, these works will assist in bringing the property back to its former glory.”