Fresh attempts to secure future of Richmond’s former grammar school to be made

Richmond's old grammar school.

Fresh plans have been announced to renovate and repurpose the old grammar school in Richmond.

Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT), the charity behind The Station, has announced new feasibility studies into the grade II-listed, building.

RBPT, which is being supported by North Yorkshire Council and their UK Shared Prosperity Fund programme, has received seed funding to allow it to recommence feasibility studies into the site to determine options for restoration and its potential future uses.

Plans to restore the former grammar school into a community hub were shelved in 2019 after a bid for lottery funding was rejected.

RBPT said it had learnt lessons from the previous studies and intended to “work alongside some of the best academic institutions in the North” to draw up plans for the building.

The trust said “extensive community engagement” would be undertaken to understand what the communities of Richmond and beyond would like to see.

Chris Brown, chief executive officer of RBPT, said: “We are delighted to have the support of North Yorkshire Council as we recommence studies into the Old Grammar School.

“At the core of our charity is building preservation, so it is our absolute duty to ensure this magnificent, listed building is preserved for future generations.”

North Yorkshire Council’s corporate director of community development, Nic Harne, said: “We are pleased to fund this feasibility study to allow Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust to explore options for the future of what could become an extremely important facility in the community.

“The trust have done fantastic work with the old Richmond Station and I look forward to the results of this study.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest in this site to take advantage of opportunities to engage with the Trust on this project in the coming months.”

The trust said further announcements would be made shortly as studies progress.

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  1. In view of the current quest to remove 2nd Home and Holiday Rental Property Ownership from the Dales community to facilitate freeing up accommodation for local Occupancy the knowledgeable ‘Think Tanks’ are missing an opportunity here to convert this type of building into home accommodation, there is always a first consideration view these types of redundant properties must be for community hubs etc, get people into the Community First and build from there based on needs not assumptions use some joined up thinking for a change!!

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