New future for old Dudley school after it's sold at auction
Written by The Newsroom on May 30, 2019
A former Dudley school is set to get a major revamp after it was sold off at an auction.
Sir Gilbert Claughton School, in Blowers Green Road, was auctioned off for £405,000 at SDL Auctions Bigwood at Villa Park earlier this month – even though it had a guide price of £200,000.
The historic school now has permission to be transformed into 21 apartments after it closed its doors to pupils in 1990.
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Last year, Dudley Council’s planning committee gave the thumbs up for 63 homes to replace the old offices for when the building was demolished.
In 2016 plans were also put forward the Claughton Centre to be demolished for a housing development, however these plans were rejected because of the historical interest of the site.
Councillor Shaneila Mughal for St Thomas’ ward has welcomed the sale of the former school, she said: “I think there’s a shortage of housing in he area, so any kind of development would be much needed. The building has been sat idle for many years.”
The building has recently been used as offices known as the Claughton Centre. Dudley Council had moved into the site but the building hasn’t been used by the council for a number of years.
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