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Win for community as derelict Nottingham school to be sold

The sale of a derelict school in Nottingham which could now be demolished and used for new housing has been approved.

Elms Primary School in Cranmer Street closed in 2008 and has stood empty for 15 years.

Nottingham City Council says the site had been increasingly prone to “vandalism, theft and anti-social behaviour”.

In 2019 the school, along with the caretaker’s house and playing fields, were almost sold to Blueprint Ltd.

The developer, which specialises in sustainable homes, is partly owned by the council.

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Blueprint secured an ‘option agreement’ on the site for the development of new housing.

The agreement gives a developer the right to buy the land but does not legally bind them to it.

But Cllr Steve Battlemuch (Lab), the portfolio holder for property, said the council had become “bogged-down” in legal issues relating to the site’s boundary.

The final sale never materialised as a result, however, the legal issues have now been resolved.

During an Executive Board meeting on September 19, councillors authorised the disposal to the previous holder of the option agreement.

If satisfactory sale terms are not agreed upon, other options will be considered, including sending the site to the open market.

Cllr Battlemuch said: “I’m sure this will be welcomed by the local community and I’m sure it is welcomed by the local councillors, it has been an overgrown site for a long time.

“If that then turns into an arrangement where we can build houses there and contribute to our local housing targets I’m sure that will be a win-win for everybody.”

Around 0.425 acres, which includes a games surface, will be retained by the council due to restrictions made under the Nottingham Corporation Act 1883.

Costs will have to be budgeted for in relation to the retained land due to maintenance and security.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have already been spent on the removal of asbestos from the site.

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