Plan for former school ‘is ill thought-out’

By in Local People

A PLAN to create 31 homes in the house and grounds of Minehead’s former Periton Mead special needs school is being recommended for rejection by Minehead Town Council’s planning committee.

The 57-room heritage-listed former manor house, standing in six acres of grounds, has been largely empty since the the boarding school for children with special needs closed in 2000.

Dorset-based developers LLK Property Ltd have applied to build 17 homes -13 detached bungalows and four two-bed semi-detached houses - in the grounds and to convert the main house into 14 two-bed and one-bed flats.

Their application is due to be decided by West Somerset Council’s planning committee at their meeting on June 29.

But when the town council’s planners met on Wednesday, they recommended that the scheme be turned down.

Members heard that Minehead Conservation Society strongly objected to the “ill-thought-out and inappropriate” scheme and added: “Minehead deserves far, far better than this.”

The society’s planning case officer, Sally Bainbridge, said the special architectural features of the listed building should be protected.

“Dividing the property up into 14 little boxes will inevitably mean the loss of valuable heritage features,” she said.

“We fully appreciate the need for affordable and first-time-buyer housing.

“But we do object to a listed building with a number of high-quality historical internal features and quality garden structures being compromised."

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