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New plan to turn derelict Victorian schoolhouse into luxury family home

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For generations, villages across Derbyshire have educated their children in small schoolhouses but after more and more kids moved into the bigger towns in the county these schoolhouses have been left abandoned. Now, plans for one such former building are calling for it to be transformed into a three-bedroom family home.

Located in the small hamlet of Hardstoft, near Clay Cross and Chesterfield, the former school house dates back to 1858 and has seen hundreds of children pass through its doors over the centuries. However, it hasn’t been in use since 1957 and has fallen into disrepair with vegetation taking over the site and windows and doors boarded up.

Planning application documents, seen by Derbyshire Live, are now calling for the building to be renovated inside to create a three-bedroom, two-storey family home with an added garage being built and the demolition and replacement of ‘lean-tos’ at the back of the property.

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Should planning permission be granted, the exterior of the Grade II-listed building will remain but it will be inside where the changes will be made. This includes a large kitchen area to be created along with a downstairs toilet and utility room.



Plans for the interior show that it would be transformed into a family home including a large kitchen area
Plans for the interior show that it would be transformed into a family home including a large kitchen area

The plans also show one of the bedrooms will be located on the ground floor along with an ensuite and a family dining room along with a living room. Upstairs there will be two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The transformation of the old school house will bring to an end a history of educating the children of Hardstoft that dates back more than 150 years. It was built in 1858 as a Church of England School building and was designed to accommodate up to 80 children.

However, according to the planning documents, the building has suffered from “significant neglect and vandalism” in recent times “much of which appears to have been caused by the previous owners/occupants on vacating the building.” Inside the building currently has four rooms on the ground floor with a small entrance hall at the front.

Plans have now been submitted to Bolsover District Council’s planning committee to turn it into a family home with a final decision on if the project can go ahead expected by the beginning of November 2022.

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