10:42 Wednesday 08 January 2014

Plans to use school as day care

Written byROB SMYTH

FIRMS interested in turning a former South Derbyshire school into a day care centre have been urged to ‘get in touch’ with expressions of interest.

Derbyshire County Council issued the plea as it tried to find a childcare provider who wants to lease the former home of Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School, in York Road, and turn it into a day care centre for children aged up to 11.

The need to find a tenant comes after the school moved from its former home to a new £6.1 million development in Pennine Way last October.

This left the current buildings, including the main Victorian part of the school, surplus to requirements.

Ian Thomas, strategic director for children and young adults, and Jeremy Goacher, director of property at the council, said: “The normal process would be for the sites and buildings to be sold to help fund the authority’s capital programme.

“But the authority was approached by a private day nursery provider with a view to leasing the main building and possibly the additional annexe buildings to offer day nursery facilities.

“The population is growing in this area and there is demand for additional high-quality local day nursery places.”

As a result, councillors decided to invite expressions of interest, which the council wants to receive by Wednesday, February 5.

The new school will have room for 270 pupils.

It boasts a hall, a separate nursery for 52 children and nine classrooms. There are also outside areas for play and learning.

The new building is sited adjacent to the existing Pennine Way Junior Academy.

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