New homes to replace village school

The new Park View development
The new Park View development

A former village primary school is to be demolished and replaced by affordable housing.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has received planning permission to build 19 affordable homes on a rural exception site formerly occupied by Swynnerton RC Primary School in Park View.

 “We believe the new development will be extremely positive for Swynnerton because our housing waiting list had shown a clear demand for smaller accomodation in the local area,”

said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH.

SARH along with its development partner, Housing Plus, have worked closely with the Parish Council to bring forward the homes predominantly for older people, encourgaging downsizing and releasing family housing within the Parish, to ensure that Swynnerton remains a vibrant and thriving place to live into the future.

The tile picture of Our Lady on the former school building
The tile picture of Our Lady on the former school building

Roy James, Chairman of Swynnerton Parish Council, Frank Cheadle and Dave Butler, both Parish Ward Councillors, agreed that the Council is very glad to support the building of additional affordable housing in the village of Swynnerton.

“The new homes will meet a clear need and be in keeping with the character of the village.  Councillors are looking forward to work on the homes starting soon,”

said Roy James.

The £2.2 million project has also been supported with £240,000 of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Seddon Construction has been appointed as the building contractor and completion is expected in the Spring 2015.

Pending the school’s demolition, contractors have consulted with Borough Councillor Stan Highfield and Swynnerton Catholic Parish Priest Fr. Paul Chavasse about trying to save the tiled picture of Our Lady of the Assumption on the front of the building.

The contractors anticipated difficulties, as the tiles are cemented onto the brickwork and half a dozen of them are cracked.

“I hope they can save it, and if they do, we will find a new home for it somewhere,”

Fr Chavasse told the Gazette.