District council aims to find new use for Richmond’s former grammar school

Richmond's old grammar school.

Finding a new use for the former grammar school in Richmond is among the aims in a new plan to take Richmondshire District Council through the next four years.

The plan sets out its aims up to 2023 – and includes proposals to make the council’s operations zero carbon by 2030; increase the contribution to the tourism economy; invest in graduates and apprentices; introduce vehicle charging points; and establish a residents panel.

Councillors also want to find a sustainable future for the former Richmond School buildings; support the delivery of community led housing schemes; achieve recycling targets and improve broadband and mobile phone coverage.

“At the core of our plan are our customers and communities, said council leader, Councillor Angie Dale. “We will work together to achieve our ambitions and enable growth on a regional and sub-regional basis.

“It is an exciting plan which will take us through the next four years.”

Plans to restore Richmond’s former grammar school into a community hub were shelved earlier this year after a bid for lottery funding was rejected.

Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT) was told in June that their bid for £1.8 million in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund was unsuccessful.

Click here to view the plan.