A planning application has been submitted by This Land to sympathetically refurbish and restore an old school building and chapel, and convert into high quality living space.
Trinity School and Chapel are located to the eastern side of Station Road in the village of Foxton, Cambridgeshire. The school, which dates from 1883, closed in 2016. The chapel dates from 1880. Whilst neither building is statutorily listed, they are both recognised as ‘positive’ buildings and ‘buildings of merit’, especially by the local community.
The planning application proposed by This Land will preserve the buildings and maintain their architectural aesthetics whilst creating seven new residential units.
Trinity School and Chapel are located in the Foxton Conservation area. Having been vacant for a number of years, it is essential that the buildings are not left to decay. There are a number of other buildings in the village of similar historic importance and a carefully planned and executed scheme to restore these buildings and changing their use to housing will maintain the local vernacular.
The proposed development would have a positive impact on the local community. The buildings are of historical importance to the village and this planning application will ensure they have a sustainable future. The proposed development maintains the architectural appearance of the buildings whilst creating contemporary living.
The proposed development is considered to be of an appropriate design, arrangement and scale. It doesn’t harm the existing buildings, instead providing a future that maintains their position in the village.