Plans to restore Richmond’s former grammar school into a community hub have been shelved after a bid for lottery funding was rejected.
Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT) has been told their bid for £1.8 million in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund was unsuccessful.
James Gravenor, who has been leading the team working to repair and repurpose the building, said the new was a “great disappointment”.
He added: “I would like to thank all the volunteers who have worked very hard over the past two years to develop an excellent project and to raise the funds to help finance it.
“I would also like to thank the county, district and town councils for their help and the many people who have contributed funds.
“However, without the lottery funding, we are unable to go ahead.
“We will refund anyone who has requested a refund and has donated £10 or more.
“We will use any non-refunded donations to support The Station and any other projects the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust promotes or supports.”
Mr Gravenor said the old grammar school would remain in the ownership of the district council.
“I wish the council success in finding an alternative use for this wonderful building,” he added.
The RBPT said it would continue to run the successful Station project in Richmond and would continue to work for the preservation of historic buildings in Richmondshire, including considering applications for small grants to help preservation projects of buildings at risk.
Go to www.richmondshirebpt.co.uk for further information