Lanpro has unveiled plans for eleven new homes on the site of the former Hunstanton Infant School in Torrington.

The site has been unused for the past five years since the establishment merged with Redgate School and the pupils transferred over in 2015. The school, which was built of carrstone with a master’s house for £150 in 1874, was a much-loved feature of life in the town for almost 150 years. It was enlarged twice and by 1925 could accommodate 200 boys and girls and 100 infants. Generations of Hunstanton families attended the school until the merger.

Lanpro revealed the details of a proposed scheme that would redevelop the site into residential units at an online presentation to residents and town councillors in January 2021.

The proposed development will see the original carrstone Victorian building redeveloped into seven homes with another three built around it, including five two-bedroom houses, five with one bedroom and a single three-bedroom house.

The scheme is being put forward by Repton Property Developments, which is owned by Norfolk County Council, while Torrington Properties will manage the development. Lanpro will act as planning consultants and Gary Johns Architects are the architects.

Andrew Proctor, leader of Norfolk County Council and chairman of Repton Property Developments Ltd said: “It’s clear from these early plans that Repton Properties is committed to providing housing that is both in demand and designed to a high standard. We have a responsibility to make effective use of the properties on our books and this project is a great example of how a smaller site can be transformed while generating important funds for our public services.”

Mark Nevitt, from Torrington Properties, said the proposals were respectful for a period asset and would safeguard it for the future.

Beccy Rejzek, from Lanpro, said residential development had been agreed as the most viable option for the site during preliminary discussions with the West Norfolk council.

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