Application to demolish old Warsop Vale school

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An application has finally been submitted to bulldoze an decaying unused Warsop Vale school that has served to only attract vandals.

The old Warsop Vale school on Carter Lane has stood idol since 2009, but planning permission was given to open a 40-bed nursing on the home in July of last year.

But it has taken another 14 months to apply for demolition, and could be another few months before it goes through the planning 
process and work gets started.

Spearheaded by Fenton & Bromley Developments, it says the building has persistently been vandalised, thieves have stripped the interior and the roof and ceiling are no longer safe.

Warsop councillor and Mansfield District Council planning committee member, Phil Shields, said: “It’s an eyesore so it’s about time that area of Warsop Vale was cleaned up.

“It’s taken long enough to get this far.”

The school was built in 1901 to serve the mining community and was closed in 1987, coinciding with the pit closure.

It had been used for warehousing for bathroom accessories and furniture, and manufacture of shower curtains.

Planning permission to extend the factory had been granted in 1996, but it has stood empty since 2009.

In 2012 The old school was at the centre of a campaign to keep the structure with the hope of attracting an employer for local people, backed by an 80-name petition.

It came after plans had been submitted to build housing on the site , which were eventually rejected.