Stoke & Staffordshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme former school site discussed

The future of an old school site in Staffordshire is to be discussed after several plans fell through.

Uses for the former St Giles & St Georges School, in Queens Gardens, will be considered by Newcastle-under-Lyme borough councillors on Wednesday.

The council said it cannot afford to refurbish the building.

Councillors considered converting the prominent building into a centre for creative industries or relocating the borough's Museum and Art Gallery there.

They have been asked to give their views on its future at a planning meeting.

Options under consideration include selling the building with it being cleared for redevelopment, or keeping the former school for council use after a "simple refurbishment" funded through council borrowing.

The council had decided that moving the museum into the building would be too expensive.

Social landlord Choices Housing considered buying the former school for its new headquarters and Newcastle Baptist Church discussed creating a 280-seat auditorium for the town at the site.

However, neither scheme progressed as a result of financial considerations.

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