Fresh application submitted to demolish former South Yorkshire grammar school

A new planning application has been submitted to demolish Maltby Old Grammar School.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:11 am

The Maltby Learning Trust has submitted the application, and say the building has become a target for anti-social behaviour.

Built in the early 1930’s, the school closed in 2012 and has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Campaigners rallied against the demolition of the building when plans were first announced in 2012, and were especially keen to preserve the school’s distinctive clock tower.

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Rotherham Town Hall.

However, The Maltby Learning Trust say it has fallen into a state of disrepair, and has attracted anti-social behaviour and trespassing.

Their application says: “The trust’s site team is continuously securing and making safe the building which is getting more and more difficult.

“The trust is doing all it can to ensure a serious accident does not occur.”

The trust has outlined its plans to demolish the school, but with the potential to “leave part of the building standing.”

“This would involve the clearance and removal of all building material and the grounds landscaped with grassed areas and footpaths for students to use as an extension to the current Maltby Academy playground area,” states the application.

A number of neighbours have objected to the plan, calling for the building to be restored.

One wrote: “Efforts have not been made to raise funds for repair,and, indeed, to protect it from vandals.”

“This building is an iconic building and represents Maltby at its best. It would be a tragedy if it were to be demolished,” added another.

The application can be viewed here: https://rotherham.planportal.co.uk/?id=RB2021/0642