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Nottingham-based developer Bildurn submits housing development plans for former Lilley and Stone School site on London Road, Newark, to Newark and Sherwood District Council





A developer has officially submitted plans for the redevelopment of the former Lilley and Stone School on London Road, Newark.

The application has been made by developer Bildurn to Newark and Sherwood District Council, to build housing on the disused former school site which has been derelict since 2016.

The site has also long been a target for anti-social behaviour and vandalism, experiencing regular break-ins and even a fire last summer.

Former Lilley and Stone school site on London Road, Newark.
Former Lilley and Stone school site on London Road, Newark.

Proposals put forward include up to 130 new homes, both new built and converted from existing buildings on site, in a range of sizes and property types.

Substantial new areas of public open space are also proposed for the site and its is promised that profits from the development will also help to fund education for young people in Newark and Balderton.

A public consultation for the plans was originally held in 2022, and received feedback from over 300 residents.

Visualisation of the Lilley and Stone development plans. Provided by: Bildurn.
Visualisation of the Lilley and Stone development plans. Provided by: Bildurn.

Public engagement continued throughout 2023, with a number of changes made to the plans in response to the priorities and concerns raised during consultation.

Changes to the original plans include revised access to reduce traffic onto Harewood Avenue, an increase in public open space, and the addition of bungalows among the housing types.

Bildurn is also proposing to create a new dedicated car park for Newark Tennis Club, which is based at the Lilley and Stone site.

Visualisation of the Lilley and Stone development plans. Provided by: Bildurn.
Visualisation of the Lilley and Stone development plans. Provided by: Bildurn.

Sean Akins, Bildurn managing director, said: “We have spent recent months working with the council and taking on board the feedback from the local community.

“This is an important site, and we were keen to ensure that the plans we submitted were shaped by the community’s feedback wherever possible.

“I would like to thank everyone who got involved in the consultation.

“We have worked hard to secure the site and deal with anti-social behaviour, but the present state of affairs is not a long-term solution.

“These plans will deliver the homes and public open space that Newark needs while breathing new life into several historic heritage buildings.”

An e-newsletter for those who want to be kept informed as the plans progress is available by visiting: www.lilleyandstone-redevelopment.co.uk.

No development can take place until a decision on the proposals is made by Newark and Sherwood District Council, with the plans expected to be discussed later this year.



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