New life set to be breathed into Kingswood site

File picture. The Kingswood School before it was demolished in 2014.
File picture. The Kingswood School before it was demolished in 2014.
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A derelict school site in Corby looks set to be developed six years after pupils moved out.

The former Kingswood School site in Gainsborough Road is the subject of a planning application by Keepmoat Homes who want to build 131 homes there.

A plan of the proposed houses at Kingswood in Corby NNL-160616-105500001

A plan of the proposed houses at Kingswood in Corby NNL-160616-105500001

The site has historic permission for 90 homes.

Most of the new houses will be for private sale although 24 are described in the plans as affordable housing.

There will be two, three and four bedroomed houses on the Northamptonshire County Council-owned site which borders the A6003, and access will be from Gainsborough Road.

A design and access statement, drawn up by architects Geoff Perry Associates Limited, that has been submitted to planners states: “The site is adjacent to a newly built Kingswood School so there will need to be careful consideration made to the properties to the north of the site.

File picture. The site of the former Kingswood School will be redeveloped.

File picture. The site of the former Kingswood School will be redeveloped.

“Careful consideration will need to be made to existing trees within the site.”

The Kingswood School, with its distinctive tower block, was made famous by a BBC documentary series in 1982.

Cameramen were allowed into the school for an academic year to film pupils and staff at work.

The then headteacher, Brian Tyler, later appeared as a panellist on television’s Question Time programme and on Any Questions.

What the new houses at the former Kingswood site will look like NNL-160617-160347001

What the new houses at the former Kingswood site will look like NNL-160617-160347001

A TV film crew returned to Corby 25 years later to catch up with some of the characters from the original ground-breaking series for a one-off documentary.

You can view and comment on the application here