Plans lodged to rebuild fire hit Parracombe School

The fire struck Parracombe School on the morning of September 20, 2011 but now plans have gone in fo

The fire struck Parracombe School on the morning of September 20, 2011 but now plans have gone in for it to be rebuilt. Picture: Bruce Aiken. - Credit: Archant

Planning application proposes to demolish fire damaged sections and recreate school on the site of the old, with a new internal layout.

The fire struck Parracombe School on the morning of September 20, 2011 but now plans have gone in fo

The fire struck Parracombe School on the morning of September 20, 2011 but now plans have gone in for it to be rebuilt. Picture: Bruce Aiken. - Credit: Archant

PLANS have been submitted to rebuild Parracombe School more than 18 months after three quarters of it was gutted by fire.

An application has been lodged with North Devon Council and Exmoor National Park Authority to demolish the fire damaged sections and rebuild to the same footprint as the old building.

It is proposed to leave the 19th century hall and kitchen standing, but to remove the rest and replace with a new internal layout that is better suited to modern education.

The school is part of the West Exmoor Federation together with Kentisbury and Lynton, and around 20 children have continued to learn in temporary classrooms at the Parracombe site.


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The aim of the rebuild, expected to cost more than £300,000, is to preserve the historic elements, while the new building will compliment the Victorian hall.

The plan submitted by Devon County Council says repairs are needed to the walls of the hall, which will also need to a complete new roof.

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The new design features mostly pitched roofs as opposed to the jumbled collection of flat roofs that had appeared over the years as the school was added to.

Staff and governors have been involved with designing the new layout and the proposals were shared with parents and the community at a consultation event in February.

If planning permission is granted, it is hoped the rebuild can be completed early next year.

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